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ENMU-Ruidoso announces finalists for campus president

Pamela L. Bonner
Ruidoso News

After conducting a national search, ENMU-Ruidoso invited five candidates for college president to campus for day-long forums and interviews with employees, students, community, and college board members.

The college is intent of naming a single finalist later this month, and hope to have a new president on campus before the start of fall classes Aug. 17.

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The selection process began in April after the resignation of popular president Ryan Carsten, who left the college after two years to pursue a new position with his church.

"We have five very experienced a highly qualified candidates and we (ENMU-Ruidoso) will be fortunate to have any one of them to lead us into the coming years as our president. One is local and the other four are out of state candidates," said college board member and chair for the presidential search community Marla Romero.

Meet the candidates

Daniel Barwick is a higher education administrator, teacher, author, educational consultant, podcaster, blogger, and fundraiser.

Daniel Barwick is a higher education administrator and is one of the five finalist.

He is currently a higher education consultant and was the president of Independence Community College in Kansas from 2011-2019.

During his time in Kansas, his institution was named #32 on CNN Money’s 2013 list of Best Community Colleges in U.S., ranked No.1 in 2017 in Kansas for Success of Transfer Students, 2015 named Top 5 Most Affordable in U.S., and in 2016 named in top 1 percent of community colleges for student educational goal attainment.

An active fundraiser for institutions and for other nonprofit causes, he raised $81 million in the last decade. He is also active in numerous civic organizations and held the positions of chair of the board of the Independence Chamber of Commerce, president of the Independence Rotary Club (he is also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow), and a board member of the Independence Area Community Chest

Brett Campbell has a 25-year tenure in higher education. Additionally, he served as the senior vice president of education and workforce at the Tulsa Regional Chamber. For the past two years and was a faculty member at a predominantly LatinX charter school teaching world history, Oklahoma history, and American federal government.

Brett Campbell has a 25-year tenure in higher education and is one of the five finalist for ENMU Ruidoso president.

His most recent higher education experience was at Tulsa Community College where he served in multiple roles. He started his career at TCC as the senior student affairs officer and held appointments as vice president of operations and special projects and provost of the Southeast Campus.

His final appointment was as vice president for workforce development and provost for the Northeast Campus, where he was the senior academic affairs officer for workforce development programs and the executive operational officer for the campus. 

He held positions as assistant vice president of student affairs at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma, and assistant dean of students at Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont.

Joey Fronheiser served six years in his current role as vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma State University ,Oklahoma City.

Joey Fronheiser has over 20 years of experience working in higher education and is one of the five finalist for ENMU Ruidoso president.

He increased enrollment and graduation in nursing, sonography, rad tech, EMT, police science, fire protection, and others. He led efforts to triple concurrent enrollment over three years from 400 to 1,200 students annually, and has saved over $2 million dollars on the instructional budget while adding full-time faculty positions.

He initiated and then supported faculty in the adoption of over 20 free textbooks, saving students over $1 million and led the campus through a strategic planning process that resulted in a new mission and vision statement for the campus.

Committed to advancing the role of community colleges, affordable tuition, and quality academics to supporting workforce development, he has over 20 years of experience working in higher education. 

Ted Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master of Science in political science from the University of North Texas and a Doctorate of Education in educational administration specializing in community college leadership.

Ted Lewis serves as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Bluefield State College and is one of the five finalists for ENMU Ruidoso president.

He served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Bluefield State College where he was recognized as Administrator of the Year for the past two years.

A multiple award-winning teacher with over 30 years of experience at the college level, he was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

He has conducted workshops and delivered presentations on active learning strategies, community partnerships, curriculum development, engaged scholarship, student success, and workforce education for several community colleges and universities, both nationally and internationally. 

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Ryan Trosper is the vice president of student learning and success at ENMU-Ruidoso, overseeing academic and student affairs. Trosper provides supervision for all academic and workforce programs, student success programs, the library, eLearning, and instructional technology.

Ryan Trosper is the Vice President of Student Learning and Success at ENMU-Ruidoso and is one of the five finalists for president.

He currently serves as building administrator and special assistant to the president.

Prior to working at ENMU-Ruidoso, he served in higher education and public education in Colorado and Kentucky. 

While serving at Otero Junior College in Colorado, Trosper was the main writer of the Higher Learning Commission assurance argument, coordinated dual credit instruction, assisted in new program and budget development, and was the college liaison for educational programming at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless facility at Fort Lyon.

Community forums will be held with limited space on campus via Zoom providing the community an opportunity to listen to the candidates goals and expectations for the campus and the success of its students.

Candidate forums are as scheduled:

To learn more about the candidates, or to participate in online community forums, visit ruidoso.enmu.edu/about/about/enmu-ruidoso-president-finalists.

Pamela L. Bonner may be reached at Pbonner@RuidosoNews.com, Pam Bonner on Facebook, @Pamelalbonner1 on Twitter, or by phone at 575-202-5555.