Chuck McCullough: Why I Want To Serve On The UNM-LA Advisory Board

Candidate for
UNM-LA Advisory Board, Position 2

Do you realize the treasure UNM-LA is in our town? How many lives of high school students, beginning college students, returning to the workforce students, and community folks have been enhanced and enriched by UNM-LA? More than we can count!

Excellent administrators and staff, top-notch faculty, accessible and affordable—UNM-LA is an important part of what makes Los Alamos unique.  This branch campus has been a consistently positive, long-standing presence in Los Alamos.

I would like to serve on the UNM-LA Advisory Board because I want to help this institution continue to thrive and contribute to its on-going success story.

I have lived in Los Alamos for over 35 years. I first came in 1974 and worked at the Lab for a few years. After attending graduate school in Texas and earning a Ph.D in ethics, I returned in 1986, shortly after the current UNM-LA campus was dedicated. I pastored White Rock Baptist church for the next 31 years. During that time, I had the honor to serve on numerous boards in our community, including the YMCA and the Los Alamos Medical Center. I helped found and chaired the Northern New Mexico Interfaith that assisted families for several years after the Cerro Grande fire. Currently, I have returned to LANL as a subcontractor.

With a long-time interest in higher education, I have taught as an adjunct professor in three different schools, at the community college, university, and graduate levels.  If elected to serve, I will bring a deep familiarity with our community, an appreciation for the challenges and rewards of higher education, and broad-ranging board experience to the UNM-LA Advisory Board with the desire to serve the interests of the school and serve as a bridge between the school and our community.  I am grateful for your support in November.