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OJC Press Release ID: 2852


Monday, October 15, 2018

OJC President Dr. Alvarez Settling into his Role

 

Over the past couple of months Otero Junior College’s new president, Dr. Timothy Alvarez, has been settling into his position. OJC welcomed Dr. Alvarez in mid-July. He came to OJC from North Dakota State University. Dr. Alvarez was joined by his wife, Lori Alvarez, in the move to La Junta. Dr. Alvarez explained that he and his wife are still exploring their new community but have enjoyed what they have experienced so far.

“I am truly grateful for this opportunity to serve as President of Otero Junior College.” Dr. Alvarez said. “Being a professional in the higher education industry is something I love. As president of OJC I will be able to help students reach their potential and achieve their goals. I started my higher education journey at a community college and I could not be more grateful for the opportunities it offered me. I am excited to be a part of OJC.”

Dr. Alvarez has several short term goals. He is working to familiarize himself with the campus staff, by meeting with almost every staff member; he has been learning about the internal operations of the campus, and the rich history and heritage of the college and surrounding communities. He explained that his next step is to get out in community and meet everyone he can. He hopes to build relationships with community members and leaders.

The concept of equity is something Dr. Alvarez described and he wants to ensure each student is receiving. He explained that this means students should all have the same experience at OJC, regardless of background. He explained that he wants the most vulnerable populations to have the tools and confidence they need to be successful at OJC. He encourages any student that is struggling or thinks they may not have what it takes to attend or complete a degree at OJC, to reach out to him. He is also working to identify the financial needs of students that are not currently met and would like to meet those needs.

Dr. Alvarez outlined student success as his number one goal while serving as president of OJC and that he is relentlessly committed to the success of all students. “When students leave OJC they should either be employed or be transferring to another college.” Dr. Alvarez said. “OJC works to offer students a multitude of opportunities.”

“OJC is an extension of the community. Dr. Alvarez stated. “I want to connect our students with community members for internships, research, and mentorship. We have amazing students on campus and they have a lot to offer. However, they can also learn a lot from those in the community. These students can play a role in developing the community for all of us and take ownership in it. I would like to be able to offer undergraduate research in every discipline at OJC and involve the community in an undergraduate research program.”

Dr. Alvarez has several ideas for OJC and wants to spark a conversation between those near and far about what is happening on OJC’s campus. “We are the community’s college.” Dr. Alvarez said. “We want the community to know they are always invited on campus and that together we play a vital role in this community.”

For more information, contact Sarah Petramala, executive assistant to the president, at 719-384-6822 or Sarah.Petramala@ojc.edu.

 

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Over the past couple of months Otero Junior College’s new president, Dr. Timothy Alvarez, has been settling into his position. OJC welcomed Dr. Alvarez in mid-July. He came to OJC from North Dakota State University. Dr. Alvarez was joined by his wife, Lori Alvarez, in the move to La Junta.







 

 

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