Mesalands chooses new president

Freedom New Mexico

The Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that Mildred Lovato will succeed Phillip O. Barry as the next president of Mesalands Community College, effective July 1.

Board Chairman J. Bronson Moore emphasized that Barry is still the acting college president. Lovato takes over July 1.

Lovato has worked as vice president of student services at Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, Calif., since 2005. She also worked as assistant vice president of academic support and student retention at Santa Fe Community College. Lovato, who hails from Albuquerque, earned a doctorate degree in educational administration from New Mexico State University.