Luna board extends interim president’s contract

Luna board extends interim president’s contract

From the Las Vegas Optic

The search for a new president continues for Luna Community College, and in the meantime, Dr. Kenneth Patterson will continue to serve as the college’s interim president.

The Luna Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday afternoon to extend Patterson’s contract through June 30, or until “the presidential search is terminated.”

The board reached the decision following nearly two hours of a closed-door executive session at a special meeting held Friday. According to the meeting agenda, the purpose of the executive session was to discuss “attorney/client privilege pertaining to pending litigation,” and for “limited personnel matters” related to a discussion about extending Interim President Patterson’s contract.

The extension of Patterson’s contract was the only action item on the agenda for the Feb. 26 meeting; however, the meeting began with Trustee Mark Dominguez asking to address the board with concerns over the legality and ethics of the current presidential search committee.

Because Dominguez’s request was not added to the agenda at least 72 hours prior to the meeting, under New Mexico’s Open Meetings Act, the board wasn’t allowed to add items that require action to be taken. However, the board agreed to let Dominguez speak as a “question of privilege,” a parliamentary procedure that allows any member to bring concerns before other members.

“We may have a violation of NMSA 10-16-3, ethical principles of public service … as it relates to the presidential search,” Dominguez said.