John Maestas, a fund-raiser for Brigham Young University for 15 years, has been hired as president of Navajo Community College, an NCC regent says.
Maestas, 46, a member of the Taos (N.M.) Pueblo, replaced Dean Jackson, a Navajo fired in November after serving for 10 years.Board chairman Daniel Peaches said Maestas would take the position May 1. He said some details of Maestas' contract remained to be negotiated.
NCC enrollment is about 200, which is capacity but which doesn't pay the operating costs. Peaches said the board hopes that Maestas will be able to lead a fund-raising drive for new buildings to accommodate at least 500.
"What NCC needs right now is an administrator who will strengthen the internal operations as well as develop a long-term plan to put the college on an equal or better footing to attract more students," Peaches said.
An assistant professor of communications at BYU, Maestas has worked in several education programs for Indians. He also has directed Fund-Raising Consultants Associates, a private fund-raising organization for BYU, since 1974.