New Horizons Foundation President Ron Black has announced the appointment of Kelvin W. Sharp, Ed.D., as vice president of the NHF Board of Directors, succeeding Steve McCleery, Ed.D.
Dr. Sharp assumed the presidency of New Mexico Junior College (NMJC) on July 1, 2016, also succeeding Dr. McCleery, who has retired after 32 years at NMJC, the last 18 years as president.
Dr. Sharp comes to NMJC from South Plains College (SPC) in Levelland, Texas. He joined SPC in 1999 as dean of Arts and Sciences, was promoted to vice president for Academic Affairs in 2000 and was named president of the college in 2004.
Community partnerships: workforce and outreach
“I am extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Sharp to the New Horizons Foundation Board of Directors,” said Black of Dr. Sharp’s appointment. “He was very active in the community while at South Plains, and I know he will be able to bring some new ideas and fresh perspectives to what we are doing at New Horizons.”
During his tenure at SPC, enrollment reached a record high of 10,538 students. Dr. Sharp led the school through two successful re-accreditations with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He was instrumental in the growth of the South Plains College Foundation and the college’s reserve funds. He created partnerships with area communities to address workforce and educational outreach opportunities and worked to streamline student services to address the diverse needs of the college’s population.
Dr. Sharp earned a B.S. degree in physics and math from Chadron State College in Nebraska and an M.A. degree in math and Ed.D. in higher education administration from Texas Tech University. Prior to his tenure at SPC, he was at West Texas A&M University for four years, with duties including math instructor, rodeo team coach and assistant in the University Development Office. Earlier, he was dean of Instruction at Clarendon College for three years, and a math and rodeo physical education instructor for seven years. He has taught in public schools in Tryon, Nebraska, and Claude, Texas. His community activities in the Levelland area include membership on the board of Covenant Hospital Levelland (since 2012), Lubbock Chamber of Commerce (since 2005), Rotary International (since 2001) and church Sunday school teaching (since 2003).