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FARMINGTON – Kenneth Johnson has been named the interim dean of San Juan College's School of Energy.

Johnson, coordinator and assistant professor of production technology at the School of Energy, will complete the academic year in the wake of the departure of former dean Randy Pacheco.

College spokeswoman Rhonda Schaefer said the search for a new dean will pick up in April.

"Currently, we are focused on ... curriculum development, student recruitment and retention," Schaefer said. "Our goal is to post the position by the end of April, as late spring and early summer is the optimal time to conduct a search for a permanent dean. This allows for a possible fall start date, which makes for an easier transition for the new dean."

Pacheco left the college on Dec. 31 after 13 years to begin his new role as general manager at A-Plus Well Service in Farmington.

Pacheco is credited with helping move energy curriculum onto the college's main campus with the opening of the $15.8 million new school last fall.

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