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DACC President appointed to serve on medical school board


The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine has announced Doña Ana Community College (DACC) President Dr. Moníca Torres has been appointed to serve as a member of its board of trustees.

Dr. Torres’ appointment fills the vacancy held by former New Mexico State University (NMSU) President Dr. John Floros. Dr. Torres will represent the NMSU system, along with NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu on the board.

“I’m delighted to see Dr. Torres representing Doña Ana Community College, as well as the NMSU System, with this important appointment,” said NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu. “She is an outstanding academic leader, a champion for all students and well-respected member of our community. I’m confident she will do a wonderful job in this role.”

Dr. Torres joins 12 other board members to include presidents and CEOs in hospitals in Las Cruces, El Paso and Albuquerque, healthcare representatives, and management officials. The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the NMSU campus at the Arrowhead Research Park and opened in 2016 with its first graduating class in 2020.

Dr. Torres comes to the board of trustees with experience in leadership and community service. She is currently serving as DACC’s 10th president, obtaining both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from NMSU and her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. She has worked in higher education for nearly 40 years. In addition, Dr. Torres has studied race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic dynamics in the United States. She has also served as a conference presenter, panel discussant, seminar and workshop facilitator, and mentor for programs addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in higher education for two decades.

Dr. Torres has served on the founding boards of the Mesilla Valley Film Society, La Piñon Sexual Assault Recovery Services, and Ngage New Mexico. She is currently serving on the boards of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, and the Bridge of Southern New Mexico.

Moníca Torres, Doña Ana Community College