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.
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.
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.
Regent Joseph Gergel was appointed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and confirmed by the New Mexico Legislature as student regent in March 2019. A graduate of Rio Rancho High School, Mr. Gergel is a junior majoring in Political Science with minors in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. He plans to attend law school and pursue a career in law. Mr. Gergel worked in the ENMU President’s Office from 2016-2018 and has been involved in the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the ENMU Student Government Association, and is vice president of the ENMU Pre-Law Club. During his two years in Student Government he held multiple positions, including Attorney General, student coordinator of Eastern in Action, student coordinator of student concerns and lobbying, student coordinator of the student fees board, and student senator representing the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He was a student panelist in the 2018 Domenici Public Policy Conference and represented ENMU at the 2018 Daniels Fund Business Ethics Competition at the University of 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.
Lance A. Pyle was confirmed as an ENMU regent in March 2019. He currently serves as Curry County Manager, a position he has held since December of 2007. A graduate of Melrose High School, Mr. Pyle earned an associate degree in Business Administration with honors from Clovis Community College in December 2001 and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with distinction from ENMU in December 2004. He served on the Melrose City Council and was elected mayor of Melrose (2006-10). Serving first as interim Curry County Manager, he was named the permanent County Manager two months later. In 2017, Pyle received designation as a Credentialed Manager through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and is the third New Mexico County Manager to become credentialed. Mr. Pyle serves on several boards and committees at the local and State level, including chairman of the New Mexico County Insurance Authority Workers Compensation Pool Board, board member of the New Mexico County Insurance Authority Multi-Line Insurance Pool Board and a member of the New Mexico Amigos Goodwill Ambassadors for the State of New Mexico among many others. Mr. Pyle is married (2010); he and his wife have two daughters.