The Board of Regents consists of five members, one of whom is a member of the student body of the University. No more than three regents may be members of the same political party at the time of their appointments. At least four must be qualified electors of the state of New Mexico.
With the exception of the student regent, regents are appointed for six years. The term continues until the regent’s successor is appointed and confirmed by the New Mexico Legislature.
Powers of the Board
The board is the highest governing body of the University. The legislature has expressly given to the board the power to sue parties and make contracts; to hire the University president and determine his or her compensation; to approve general areas of curriculum, such as new programs; and to approve compensation for University employees. The title to all property belonging to the University is vested in the board.
Under its broad responsibility for the management and control of the University, the board has the right to delegate duties and functions to the University president, who may in turn delegate these to members of his or her staff.
Mrs. Jane Christensen was appointed to the Board of Regents in February 2013 and was elected vice president for the board in March. She is a Portales native and ENMU alumna, earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration (1981 and 1983). Mrs. Christensen is an avid supporter of ENMU sports, fine arts, student groups and clubs. As owner of Portales Homes LLC DBA Homespot in Portales and Clovis, she sponsors a business scholarship through the ENMU Foundation. Active in the community as well, Mrs. Christensen has served as commissioner on the Alamogordo Museum of Space History Board and as a member of the ENMU College of Business Advisory Committee; she is currently a member of the Portales Military Affairs Committee. Mrs. Christensen was an exchange student to Japan while attending ENMU, and she has continued that international experience by hosting five high school exchange students in past years, one of whom later graduated from ENMU. Mrs. Christensen and her husband Scott raised two children who graduated from New Mexico universities and are working in New Mexico.
Edwin Tatum is one of the founding members of Tatum and McDowell, a law firm in Clovis, NM. He served as the vice president and director of the Curry County United Way from 1972 to 1978 and president and director of the Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development in 1982. He was a member of the New Mexico Corrections Commission from 1977 to 1980. He was active duty in the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1972 and an attorney member of the Judge Advocate General Corps for the United States Air Force Reserve from 1972 to 2001.
Kekoa VonSchriltz, a sophomore psychology/criminal justice major at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez as the new student regent for the 2017-18 calendar years on the ENMU Board of Regents.
A resident of Las Cruces, New Mexico, VonSchriltz is a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, a driver for Safe Ride, President’s Ambassador and a Student Senator for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Dan Patterson
Dr. Dan Patterson was appointed to the ENMU Board of Regents in April 2015. Dr. Patterson is a noted educator and Human Resource professional in New Mexico and Colorado with 48 years in education that includes terms as superintendent or assistant superintendent. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Public School Insurance Authority and as a regent for Western New Mexico University. Dr. Patterson was twice named as “Personnel Administrator of the Year” by the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders. He has been recognized by numerous governmental agencies, civic organizations and professional associations for his contributions to communities and education in New Mexico and Colorado. In 1998, he was recognized by Governor Gary Johnson for his anti-violence education program in the Las Cruces Schools. Dr. Patterson also served on the Board of Directors of the El Pomar Foundation, a philanthropic organization in Colorado Springs. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English and speech from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, a Master of Education Degree in secondary education from Northern Arizona University, an Educational Specialist Degree in administration from the University of Arizona and a Doctorate of Educational Administration from California Coast University of California. Dr. Patterson is also a U.S. Navy veteran.
Terry Othick of Albuquerque joined the Board of Regents in March 2015. Mr. Othick has more than 40 years of experience in the information technology field through a career in the private, public, and education sectors. He was Chief Operations Officer for the Los Lunas School District, Chief Information Officer for both the New Mexico Department of Labor and the Department of Workforce Solutions, and worked 25 years with the Public Service Company of New Mexico. Mr. Othick served on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Golden Apple Foundation and the ENMU Alumni Association. He earned the ENMU Distinguished Service Award in 2013 for his success in raising scholarship funds for the University. Mr. Othick has taught undergraduate and graduate technology courses at both Eastern New Mexico University and the University of New Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration, both from Eastern New Mexico University.