Meet the President
Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo has served as Northern New Mexico College’s president since July 2010. She is known nationally for her work in academics and diversity.
Dr. Barceló received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Chico State College, her Master of Arts degree in Recreational Education from the University of Iowa, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Iowa.
She brings a national reputation and a 30-year career in higher education at the university level to Northern, as the College continues a transition to a high-quality four-year institution offering baccalaureate degrees in 14 disciplines, and a graduate-level program in the advanced planning stage.
Dr. Barceló’s teaching experience is extensive; she has served as an affiliate faculty, affiliate assistant professor, adjunct faculty, and adjunct assistant professor. She is also currently a full professor.
Prior to her appointment as President of Northern, she served as Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota.
From 2001 to 2006 Dr. Barceló served as Vice President and Vice Provost for Minority Affairs and Diversity at the University of Washington and from 1996 to 2001 she served as Associate Vice President for Multicultural and Academic Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Barceló held various positions at the University of Iowa from 1975 to 1996 including Assistant Provost and Assistant Dean with the Office of the Provost. Dr. Barceló has served on numerous national, regional and campus committees and boards.
She has written for numerous publications, including Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas and a forthcoming chapter in a book by Sylvia Hurtado on diversity and institutional transformation in universities.
She is recognized nationally for her excellent professional presentations. She has received many awards, including the NACCS 2012 Scholar award (National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies), and the New Mexico Hispano Round Table “Walk the Talk” award.
Dr. Barceló or “Rusty,” as she is known, is very active and can often be seen walking the campus at Northern, talking to students, staff and faculty and striking up a conversation with anyone who approaches her.
Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo, Ph.D., President
Office Phone: 505-747-2140
Amy F. Pena, Administrative Assistant to the President/Board of Regents
Office Phone: 505-747-2140
Messages from the President
Northern’s Academic Planning Initiative
Beginning in 2012, Northern's faculty, staff and students engaged in multiple forums to articulate our shared values, refine our mission, and reflect on our vision. In May 2013, President Barceló established the Academic Planning Initiative at Northern to enhance engagement across the institution, build capacity for planning, and enhance communication. In July 2013, Northern’s Board of Regents approved a new mission statement:
The mission of Northern New Mexico College is to ensure student success by providing access to affordable community-based, learning opportunities that meet the educational, cultural and economic needs of the region.
In a continued spirit of collaboration, the Academic Planning Initiative will result in identifying the academic priorities for Northern to address over the next five years, accompanied by specific objectives, outcomes and timelines for doing so.
For all the latest updates, visit our Academic Planning Initiative webpage.
Iván López, Chair, Department of Engineering, Co-Chair