Board of Regents Members

 

Jane Christensen

Jane Christensen

Mrs. Jane Christensen was appointed to the Board of Regents in February 2013 and was elected vice president for the board in March. She is a Portales native and ENMU alumna, earning her bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration (1981 and 1983). Mrs. Christensen is an avid supporter of ENMU sports, fine arts, student groups and clubs. As owner of Portales Homes LLC DBA Homespot in Portales and Clovis, she sponsors a business scholarship through the ENMU Foundation. Active in the community as well, Mrs. Christensen has served as commissioner on the Alamogordo Museum of Space History Board and as a member of the ENMU College of Business Advisory Committee; she is currently a member of the Portales Military Affairs Committee. Mrs. Christensen was an exchange student to Japan while attending ENMU, and she has continued that international experience by hosting five high school exchange students in past years, one of whom later graduated from ENMU. Mrs. Christensen and her husband Scott raised two children who graduated from New Mexico universities and are working in New Mexico.

Terry Othick

Terry Othick of Albuquerque joined the Board of Regents in March 2015. Mr. Othick has more than 40 years of experience in the information technology field through a career in the private, public, and education sectors. He was Chief Operations Officer for the Los Lunas School District, Chief Information Officer for both the New Mexico Department of Labor and the Department of Workforce Solutions, and worked 25 years with the Public Service Company of New Mexico. Mr. Othick served on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Golden Apple Foundation and the ENMU Alumni Association. He earned the ENMU Distinguished Service Award in 2013 for his success in raising scholarship funds for the University. Mr. Othick has taught undergraduate and graduate technology courses at both Eastern New Mexico University and the University of New Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration, both from Eastern New Mexico University.

 

Susan Tatum

Susan Tatum of Clovis was appointed to the ENMU Board of Regents in March 2015. An alumna of the University, Mrs. Tatum is a small business owner and former educator. She founded the Clovis Counseling Center in 1988, where she continues to practice as a professional clinical counselor and specializes in individual and family therapy. Mrs. Tatum was a psychology instructor, academic advisor, and financial aid director at Clovis Community College prior to opening her practice. She is also a former special education teacher for Oklahoma City Public Schools and the Cerebral Palsy Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is an active member of PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) which supports higher education for women and funds scholarships for women. Mrs. Tatum holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Eastern New Mexico University.

 

Veronica Ayala

Ms. Veronica Ayala was appointed student regent for ENMU's Board of Regents in March 2015. She is a Communicative Disorders major with over seven years of experience teaching children across Kids' College, sports camp, and dance studio settings. Ms. Ayala is a Portales native who intends to enroll in ENMU's graduate program in the summer of 2015 to continue her studies in the field of speech-language pathology. She is currently the vice president of ENMU's National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has participated in several of the University's fine arts programs, health and physical education program, and intramural sports. Ms. Ayala has been involved with Relay for Life events since high school and has taken part in other civic activities such as the regional science fair and the Portales Arts Council.