Local Brief – ENMU president earns leadership award

Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble was honored with the E. Joseph Savoie Chief Executive Leadership Award last week at the District IV Conference of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Fort Worth, Texas.

The award recognizes a District IV member institution president, headmaster, chancellor, educational system head or institutional CEO for outstanding efforts to promote understanding and support for education, according to an ENMU press release.

CASE's District IV encompasses higher education institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Gamble became ENMU president in 2001.

According to the press release:

  • At the conference, Gamble was cited as leading ENMU to a decade of unprecedented growth, including a record enrollment this year of almost 6,000.
  • Under Gamble's leadership, the university has increased its endowment to $11.65 million, an increase of 207 percent since 2005.
  • Gamble managed four years (2008-2011) of cuts in appropriations from the state of New Mexico during record enrollment increases without loss of mission and vision focus.
  • He has overseen or is overseeing $120 million in construction and renovation on ENMU's campus. Of that, approximately 60 percent has come from university sources.

— Staff report

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