Dr. Monica Torres has over 35 years of experience in higher education. As President of Doña Ana Community College she works with faculty, staff, and community partners to provide meaningful educational opportunities for the citizens of Doña Ana county. As the chief academic officer of the college Dr. Torres oversaw the planning, development and implementation of educational programs at Doña Ana Community College. She worked collaboratively with deans, division directors, department chairs and program directors to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners at the community college and the community at large. Dr. Torres has also previously served as an assistant professor, associate professor and department head at NMSU’s Department of English. There, she taught classes, advised graduate students and performed research. As department head she oversaw the operation of the department including curricular, teaching and administrative functions. Torres has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from NMSU. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in American Studies with an emphasis in Cultural Studies.