Diné College names interim president

Joshua Kellogg
Diné College Interim President Martin Ahumada

FARMINGTON — Diné College has named a new interim president after former president Maggie George resigned from her position earlier this month.

The college Board of Regents selected Martín Ahumada to serve as interim president during a Jan. 15 meeting where the regents "voted to end, in amicable terms, its contractual relationship with Dr. George,” according to a statement from the college.

When reached for comment, George said in an email Thursday she resigned from her position at Diné College to pursue other professional opportunities and declined further comment.

Diné College President Maggie George

George was placed on administrative leave by the board during the Oct. 9 regents meeting after a series of disagreements with her management style, said Moroni Benally, college vice president of governmental affairs and public affairs. She has served as president since August 2011.

Ahumada, vice president of academic affairs, was appointed to serve as acting president during the Oct. 9 meeting

Benally said the board investigated the claims of mismanagement but could not comment on the investigation or the terms of the agreement between the board and George.

“All we can say is the board agreed amicably to end their relations with Dr. George,” Benally said.

Benally said George was on unpaid leave for five business days and then was put on paid leave that ended when she resigned on Jan. 15.

The board voted during its Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 meetings to extend George's administrative leave, according to the minutes of both meetings.

Benally said Ahumada will serve as interim president until further notice.

Benally declined to comment on whether the college had started a search for a new president.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.