Mon. Aug 10th, 2020

Long time ENMU administrator announces retirement after 39 years

PORTALES (KSEL)- After 39 years at Eastern New Mexico University, Vice President for Planning and Governmental Relations, Dr. Patrice Caldwell formally announced today that she plans to retire on August 1.

“Eastern has been my life for so many years; I look forward to the next eight months and for a continued relationship with Greyhound Nation,” Caldwell said. “ENMU will always be my family.”

Dr. Caldwell began her academic career at ENMU in 1980 as an assistant professor and directed freshman composition. She chaired the Department of Languages and Literature from 1984-88 and served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1988-97. When ENMU received the prestigious Pew Leadership Award for Institutional Renewal in 1997, she coordinated that effort, which launched ENMU’s Freshman Seminar and advising initiatives.

The next year, she moved to the Office of Planning and Analysis, working with grants, strategic planning and institutional management. In the summer of 2018, she was promoted to vice president for Planning, Analysis and Governmental Relations and named chief of staff.

Dr. Caldwell received the Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence in 1986.  She serves on the board of the ENMU Friends of Music, actively supports the arts on campus and is a loyal attendee at ENMU Athletics and student activities campus-wide.

“In the course of a lifetime, we are sometimes privileged to meet and work with remarkable people.” KENW Director of Broadcasting Duane Ryan said. “Patrice Caldwell is one of those individuals. Over the years, I have watched Patrice accept assignment after assignment, always doing an outstanding job!  I hated to see her leave full-time teaching because I knew she was so good at it.”