In my 25 years as an administrator at four community colleges, I have had the opportunity to work with about 40 superintendents of schools at 27 different school districts.
While I found most of those superintendents easy to work with, I have never worked with a superintendent more supportive of the local community college than Rhonda Seidenwurm.
During my four years as president of Clovis Community College, I have had the opportunity to work with her on several projects, and she has always been extremely cooperative and collegial. No matter what the issue, Seidenwurm has exhibited her unwavering commitment to her students and her willingness to “go the extra mile” for their benefit.
Her dedication to the students of Clovis Municipal Schools was never more evident than in her leadership in encouraging qualified Clovis High School students to take advantage of the dual enrollment opportunities provided by Clovis Community College.
During her tenure as superintendent, the number of CHS students who have been able to accrue college credit prior to graduation has increased significantly. Not only has she been a leader in this effort locally, but she has also been a strong voice for dual enrollment at the state level. As a result of her leadership, Clovis Municipal Schools is regarded as a model for dual enrollment throughout the state.
On a personal note, I would like to thank Rhonda for being the first public official to welcome me to Clovis when I arrived in 2006. From that first phone call to the present, I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with her, and I would like to wish her the very best for the future.