Guzmán named Santa Fe Community
Dr. Ana M. “Cha” Guzmán, President of
Palo Alto College since 2001, was named President of Santa Fe Community College
in Santa Fe, N.M., on July 12.
In March, she announced she would
retire from the Alamo Colleges on Aug. 31. She begins her New Mexico duties on
Sept. 4, replacing Dr. Sheila Ortego, who is retiring after six years as
president. An 18-member committee selected Guzmán from 54 applicants, and she
was approved by the SFCC Governing Board last Thursday.
During her tenure at Palo Alto, the
college was reaccredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools,
enrollment increased to a record 9,163 in Fall 2011, and graduation and retention
rates increased. She also oversaw planning and construction for five buildings
– including a Veterinary Technology Building and a Performing Arts Center that
is a cultural venue for the Southside – and the renovation of nearly all of the
Guzmán currently serves on the
Governing Board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
(HACU) and on the National Security Education Board (NSEB). Guzmán holds an
Ed.D. in Education from the University of Houston, an M.A. in Sociology from
Texas Southern University in Houston, and a B.S. in Education from Stout State
University in Wisconsin.