September 2022 Chamber Luncheon-Dr. Joseph Shepard
The Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to this month's chamber luncheon. Chamber Lunch Meeting-Dr. Joseph Shepard
Our speaker this month will be Dr. Joseph Shepard, President of Western New Mexico University. The Board of Regents unanimously appointed Dr. Joseph Shepard the 15th President of Western New Mexico University (WNMU) on April 27, 2011. Dr. Shepard assumed the office on July 5, 2011 and now leads the Silver City campus, as well as learning centers in Deming, Gallup, Lordsburg and Truth or Consequences.
Prior to arriving at WNMU, Dr. Shepard served over 15 years in senior level leadership positions at Florida Gulf Coast University. Throughout his years at FGCU he held the positions of Chief Student Affairs Officer, Chief Business Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. Among his many responsibilities, Dr. Shepard was one of the founding leaders in helping to build the State of Florida’s 10th university. When Dr. Shepard arrived at FGCU, there were no students, no classes, no athletics, no on-campus housing, no policies and no infrastructure. By Dr. Shepard’s departure in 2011, FGCU had grown to over 460 faculty with a total workforce of nearly 2,000 that served nearly 13,000 students.
Dr. Shepard has also remained active in the classroom and with research. His teaching areas have been at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in quantitative methods, public finance and business leadership. He has also taught internationally in Mexico.
Dr. Shepard will be giving an update on the University.
During the luncheon the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce will be handing out plaques to the 4th of July parade entry winners from each of our three categories: walking group entry, trucks, cars, & vehicles entry, & float entry. We will also be handing out plaques and certificates to sponsors and volunteers that helped make the 2022 4th of July event a success!