October 5, 2017


CONTACT: Donna Oracion, 575-624-7403




Carleton (Cla) Avery is the newest member of the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Branch Community College Board. Avery’s appointment was approved by board members at its meeting on October 4. He will be officially sworn into office at the board’s next meeting on November 1. The board selected Avery to represent District 5, following the resignation of Dawn Tschabrun earlier this year. Avery will complete the remainder of Tschabrun’s term, which runs through February of 2019.

“I am truly committed to serving the best interests of Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, its students, faculty, and administration,” said Avery. “I have been in the community since 1974 and my youngest son attended ENMU-R for a year prior to completing his degree at Portales. I take great pride in our university and look forward to assisting in it continued progress.”

Since 1996, Avery has worked as the local organizer of Roswell Hike It & Spike It 4-on-4 Charity Flag Football Tournament, a division of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce. Since 2012, Avery has also served on the Board of Trustees of Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.  From 2000 to 2011, he served as Executive Director of Character Counts! in Chaves County. From 1974 to 1999, Avery was a teacher at Mountain View Middle School. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New Mexico Highlands University, where he minored in English, Secondary Education.

Avery is the recipient of the Service to Mankind Award from the Roswell Sertoma Club and the Leadership Award for Commitment to Youth from the Leadership Roswell Alumni Association.  He and his wife, Kathy, have two sons, Chayne and Channing.