Morris Madrid has been hired as “vice president of finance” by Luna Community College in Las Vegas, New Mexico, according to his LinkedIn profile. The college’s website identifies him as “chief financial officer.”
Madrid resided in Las Vegas before he became city manager of Truth or Consequences in January 2019. During his tenure, which ended in March 2021, he often returned to his home in Las Vegas on weekends, according to various sources, while living in a rented apartment in T or C during the week.
A May 4 article in the Santa Fe New Mexican on the hiring of a new LCC president states that Madrid’s title is vice president of finance and administration. Madrid is also serving as acting president while the new president’s contract is negotiated, according to the article.
Madrid’s LinkedIn profile indicates he began work at LCC in March. He turned in his resignation letter to the T or C City Commission during a Feb. 10 executive session, explaining that his last day would be March 5. When asked by the Sun to explain the reasons for his resignation, Madrid responded: “Not at this time.”
Madrid’s tenure in T or C lasted two years and three months. In his previous position as public services director for San Miguel County, he served for two years and four months, from September 2016 to December 2018. Before that, he was a project manager for the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration for two years and three months, from June 2014 to August 2016.
LCC, “The People’s College,” according to its website, was created by the New Mexico Legislature in 1967 as a vocational college and is supported by voter-approved local tax revenue. It is the only community college in northeastern New Mexico.
The college’s listing in U.S. News & World Report’s online education directory notes that LCC awards associate degrees and certificates in 17 different fields, including health professions, computer and information sciences, and support services.
Enrollment for the 2018-2018 school year (the latest data available on the education directory) totaled 1,093. Nearly three fourths of the student body attends part time.