Dr. Richard Bailey, Jr.

President, Northern New Mexico College

Dr. Bailey and his wife Diana joined the Northern family in October 2016, after a twenty-four year career in the United States Air Force. Dr. Bailey received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis, and a doctorate in Government from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Dr. Bailey served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Air Force as a command pilot with over 3,500 flying hours. Before assuming the presidency at Northern, Dr. Bailey served as associate professor of strategy and security studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He also served as the school’s first-ever Dean of Students.

During President Bailey’s tenure at Northern New Mexico College, enrollment has increased by over 10%, and bachelor’s degree graduation rate nearly doubled.  The institution maintains the most affordable tuition and fees of any four-year college in the southwest United States, the third lowest average student debt upon graduation of any four-year college in the country, and the top performing High School Equivalency program in the nation for the second year in a row. 

Dr. Julie Shimer

Technology board member, technology leader

Dr. Shimer retired in 2013 as Chief Executive Officer of Welch Allyn, a global manufacturer of frontline medical equipment and solutions.  Previously she served as CEO of Vocera Communications.  Prior to being a CEO, she held executive positions at 3Com Corporation, Motorola and AT&T Bell Laboratories.  She currently serves on the boards of Avanos, Apollo Endosurgery, Windstream and Masimo, as well as three non-profit boards. Dr. Shimer has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  She lives in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico with her husband, Jary.

Dr. Tamara Singleton

Physician, El Rito and Tierra Amarilla

Dr. Singleton is board-certified in family medicine. She has a practice in El Rito, NM and is on staff at La Clinica Del Pueblo de Rio Arriba in Tierra Amarilla, NM. 


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