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LAS CRUCES - “When it came to the interviews, there was really no question who the new president was going to be,” New Mexico State University President John Floros said Friday, Aug. 2, at a welcoming reception for new Doña Ana Community College President Monica F. Torres, Ph.D.
“Education is the way out of poverty,” Torres said, reminding the audience that Doña Ana County has a poverty rate of 26 percent compared to a statewide average of 20 percent and a national average of 12 percent. “We have work to do,” Torres said. “Fortunately, It’s the work we do.”
Torres was named DACC’s 10th president in May. She served as interim president since former president Renay Scott was named NMSU’s vice president for student success in August 2018.
From 2014 until her appointment as interim president, Torres served as DACC’s vice president of academic affairs.
Torres also previously served as an assistant professor, associate professor and department head at NMSU’s Department of English. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from NMSU and earned a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in American studies with an emphasis in cultural studies.
DACC, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary, is the fourth-largest higher education institution in New Mexico and last fall enrolled more than 7,900 students on six campuses and centers throughout Doña Ana County. The college offers 41 degrees and more than 50 certificates in career and technical education and general education as part of the NMSU system.
In addition, attendees at the Aug. 2 reception included Las Cruces Mayor Pro Tem Gill Sorg, City Councilor Greg Smith, Municipal Court Judge Joy Goldbaum, state Sen. Mary Kay Papen (D-Doña Ana), state Rep. Ray Lara (D-Doña Ana) and County Clerk Amanda Lopez-Askin.
Ballet Folklorico Diamantes Del Valle provided live entertainment during the event.
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