June 14, 2017
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He has served as ninth President of the Eastern New Mexico University system for the past 16 years. Dr. Steven G. Gamble will retire this summer, leaving the Portales campus with record enrollment growth and numerous completed building construction and renovation projects. Both the Roswell and Ruidoso campuses have also grown and thrived under Gamble’s leadership.  ENMU-Roswell invites the campus and community to a farewell reception in Gamble’s honor on Monday, June 26 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Administration Center lobby on campus at 52 University Blvd.


“Dr. Gamble has been committed to making the Eastern New Mexico University system the best in the state,” said Dr. John Madden, ENMU-Roswell President. “We appreciate his dedication and his focus on student success. Even in difficult budgeting times, he always made protecting ENMU’s mission and its employees his top priority. We thank Dr. Gamble for his guidance and leadership and wish him health and happiness in this next chapter of his life. ”

The reception will also include a special milestone event for the Roswell campus. A time capsule created in 1997 will be unlocked, marking ENMU-Roswell’s 50th anniversary at the Roswell International Air Center, formerly Walker Air Force Base. On June 26, 1967, the college’s formal acquisition of a portion of Walker Air Force Base was completed. Under the acquisition agreement, clear title to the former WAFB land and facilities was granted on June 26, 1997. On that day, ENMU-Roswell celebrated 30 years at the RIAC with staff and faculty contributing items to a time capsule that is to be opened 20 years later on the 50th anniversary, which is June 26, 2017.

First established as Roswell Community College in 1958 (initially operating at Roswell High School, then at the old Federal Building and Roswell Post Office), the college became Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell with the relocation to “the base” property in 1967. For the past 50 years, ENMU-Roswell has increased enrollment, renovated and constructed buildings, and prospered at its location on Roswell’s south side.