Newly elected UNM-LA Advisory Board members share plans

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By Carol A. Clark

Voters re-elected two longtime board members and a new one Feb. 4 to the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

Micheline Devaurs is the one new addition to the five-person advisory board. She replaces longtime board member Linda Daly said she wants to spend more time with family and did not seek re-election.

“My motivation in serving in this position is to give back to the community and work in education,” Devaurs said. “I want to be part of the future growth of the curriculum, with a focus on STEM programs. I also believe that the cooperative work UNM-LA and Los Alamos High School are doing (such as) enabling high school students to take courses at UNM-LA merits continuation, and perhaps expansion.”

Devaurs added that as a newly elected UNM-LA board member, she intend to work with UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page, college staff and her UNM-LA Advisory Board colleagues to address pressing issues and also to work to implement the UNM-LA strategic plan.”

Ron Dolin was elected to another term. “As UNM-LA moves forward there are several crucial issues that need to be addressed,” he said. “As a retained board member I want to continue looking at ways to increase student enrollment, protect our formula funding with the state, find a way to raise the revenue necessary to make needed infrastructure repairs, grow the university’s presence in the community, increase interactions with Los Alamos High School students and faculty, and most important - complete our ongoing discussions and potential preparations for a bond resolution.”

 Nelson Hoffman also was re-elected. He mentioned during the campaign season that as a citizen of Los Alamos he is proud to be associated with UNM-LA. He considers it a small piece of his particular civic responsibility to keep aware of campus’s activities through his service on the board and to assist in reviewing and providing advice on strategies, plans, and decisions of the campus leadership.

“UNM-LA is an important part of what makes Los Alamos a desirable place to live,” he said. “Good things are happening on campus under the new leadership of Dr. Cedric Page, new programs are being put together and good interactions with neighboring institutions are strengthening our course offerings here.”

The college recently announced that enrollment is up significantly compared to last year. For information, access UNM-LA at www.la.unm.edu.