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Office of the President

Dr. Joseph Shepard
President of WNMU


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BIO

The Board of Regents unanimously appointed Dr. Joseph Shepard the 15th President of Western New Mexico University (WNMU) on April 27, 2011. Dr. Shepard assumed the office on July 5, 2011 and now leads the Silver City campus, as well as learning centers in Deming, Gallup, Lordsburg and Truth or Consequences.

Prior to arriving at WNMU, Dr. Shepard served over 15 years in senior level leadership positions at Florida Gulf Coast University.  Throughout his years at FGCU he held the positions of Chief Student Affairs Officer, Chief Business Officer, and Chief Financial Officer.  Among his many responsibilities, Dr. Shepard was one of the founding leaders in helping to build the State of Florida’s 10th university.  When Dr. Shepard arrived at FGCU, there were no students, no classes, no athletics, no on-campus housing, no policies and no infrastructure. By Dr. Shepard’s departure in 2011, FGCU had grown to over 460 faculty with a total workforce of nearly 2,000 that served nearly 13,000 students.

Dr. Shepard earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration specializing in public finance from Florida International University. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Banking where he specialized in international finance from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Science in Math Education from Northern Arizona University.

During his tenure at WNMU, Dr. Shepard has overseen the reorganization of the university into five colleges, renovations of campus buildings and infrastructure and the erection of new student housing.

He has been married to his wife, Marcela, for 22 years and has two children. He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys mountaineering, backpacking, canoeing, fishing, golfing, and racquetball.


About the President's Office


President
Dr. Joseph Shepard
Office: Student Memorial Center
Extension: 6238

Executive Assistant to the President/Board of Regents
Julia Morales

Executive Secretary to the President
Virginia Cuevas

Affirmative Action Officer
Kelley Riddle

Special Assistant to the President for Quality Initiatives
Kathie Gilbert, Ph. D.

University Events Coordinator
Jean Springler

Western New Mexico University
PO Box 680  Silver City, NM 88062
Phone: 575-538-6011

 

 

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