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ENMU chancellor Elwell resigns early

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The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents has announced Dr. Jeff Elwell, chancellor and ENMU-Portales president, is resigning next week, The Associated Press reported Friday.

The board made the resignation public a month after Elwell said he would not seek a contract extension. He initially said he would stay until June 30, so the university would have enough time to search for a successor.

Elwell has served as ENMU-Portales president since July 2017, and ENMU system chancellor since April 2018.

He is credited with furthering unity between all three campuses of the ENMU system through his “One Eastern” plan.

Patrice Caldwell, ENMU vice president for planning, analysis and governmental relations, has been named interim chancellor.

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Dr. Shawn Powell, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell president, when reached for comment Friday, said, “Dr. Elwell’s leadership, and in particular, his efforts in developing scholarships for education students to fill critical shortages in our state are greatly appreciated. I wish him well in his future endeavors.

“I look forward to working with Dr. Caldwell in her new role as interim chancellor. She is very familiar with our campus and the Roswell community, as well as the ENMU system. Our campus extends our support to Dr. Caldwell as we share a common mission of educational excellence and student success.”