Campos yet to get Luna contract

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By David Giuliani

More than two months ago, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees selected Pete Campos as the school’s next president.

But the board has yet to approve a contract for Campos, a state senator and the superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools.

The trustees’ monthly meeting for March has been delayed twice, in part, because the school has yet to complete a contract for Campos, said Sigfredo Maestas, Luna’s interim president.

Maestas said the board is expected to consider a contract at its meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the board’s meeting room in the student services building.

Maestas said he believes the board will approve the proposed contract.

“There may be a discussion on the terms. It’s a seven-member board, and there may be different opinions,” Maestas said.

Maestas said he couldn’t discuss the terms of the contract because of attorney-client privilege.

Campos couldn’t be reached for comment on the negotiations.

In January, the board unanimously picked Campos as president. He beat four other finalists; he was the only one without higher education experience.

Throughout the long search process, Campos, who is considered powerful in the state Legislature, was widely expected to eventually get the job, even though he submitted his name after a search committee had whittled the list of applicants to six semifinalists. Campos was later added to the list of finalists after another one dropped out.

Campos has said he will be able to start serving as president after his contract with the City Schools ends June 30. He will be gone in Santa Fe for one or two months each year because of his duties as a state senator. But he has contended that he can multi-task and take his work with him.

Campos, who is from Santa Rosa, has worked for the last 15 years as an administrator at the City Schools.