Dona Ana college president to retire in 2014

Posted at: 12/15/2012 11:10 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Dona Ana Community College executive embroiled in controversy since the school's nursing program lost accreditation will retire in early 2014.

President Margie Huerta became a lightning rod for criticism after the nursing program lost its National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission standing in July and students were notified weeks later.

They had to scramble to transfer to other schools.

The interim president at New Mexico State University praised Huerta's eight-year tenure for establishing the college as an important force in the region's economic development.

But Manuel Pacheco acknowledged to the Albuquerque Journal that he'd received calls to fire Huerta.

Pacheco said Huerta plans to oversee the community college's efforts to regain the nursing program's accreditation. Some faculty with ties to the nursing program objected to that plan Friday. 

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