POSTED: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 11:07pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 17, 2012 - 8:55am
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Dona Ana Community College President Margie Huerta announced she would be retiring Thursday afternoon.
Huerta plans on retiring January 31, 2014 but plans working to get the college's nursing program re-accredited before leaving.
"She wanted to get this accreditation issue behind her," said New Mexico State University Interim President Manuel Pacheco. "I think it was important for her to have things in place that would lead to a positive outcome and I think that this timeline allows her to do that."
The college and Huerta came under scrutiny after the nursing program lost accreditation earlier this year.
Pacheco said that did not affect her decision about retirement.
The program is up for review from the accreditation board next fall and Pacheco said he feels confident Huerta will be able to get the program re-accredited.
Pacheco will be appointing Huerta's replacement if he is still serving as interim.
He said the search for a new president will begin immediately and will be advertised nationally.
Huerta's annual salary is $173,485.