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Steven Gamble appointed ENMU-Roswell interim president


March 24, 2018

ROSWELL — Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell has appointed a new interim president and he will be a familiar face for many in the school system.

ENMU President Emeritus Steven Gamble, who retired in August as the Portales university's second-longest tenured president, will now take on the same position on an interim basis at the Roswell campus.

"I think it will be a good experience for me and I hope it's a good experience for the Roswell campus," Gamble said. "I've long admired the people of the campus and their ability to meet their mission."

According to a press release from the university, Gamble's successor and current ENMU President Jeff Elwell wanted to hire an interim president who would not be a candidate for the permanent position.

"Dr. Gamble will do a fantastic job as the interim president at ENMU-Roswell," Elwell said via press release. "He already knows the faculty, staff, the Roswell Community College Board and the community. He is well-respected and beloved."

Gamble said he does not envision any widespread changes to come to the Roswell campus while he serves as president, but he does want to do more than just simply maintain the status quo.

"There's a mission they have down there to give the best education they can to their students and I want to make sure that's not interrupted by anything," Gamble said. "I'm going to reassure them that during my tenure there will not be major changes but we will look to the future and try to progress in areas in which we can."

Gamble said he does not have any plans to be involved with the hiring process to find a permanent president for the Roswell campus.

According to the press release, the search for a full-time president will begin immediately with a hiring date of Aug. 15, though Gamble said he would step away from the position earlier if someone is hired.

"In my case I'd say the sooner, the better," Gamble said.

Gamble said due to family responsibilities he will still live in Portales and will commute to the Roswell campus two to three times a week.

"I will commit the time that's necessary to provide the management and leadership required," Gamble said.

Gamble served as ENMU president from 2001 until August 2017.

"I will still enjoy retirement," Gamble said. "I kind of did it out of loyalty to the system and respect to the Roswell campus. I thought I could contribute and it was hard to turn down."


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