Will Barela


Will Barela was born and raised here in Las Cruces, but has traveled the world and has experienced higher education in such diverse environments as MIT and Stanford. Now back home, he has amassed several Bachelor and Associate degrees through DACC and NMSU, and has set a goal of a double Ph.D. One of the things that he really appreciates about DACC is that it is superefficient at implementing new programs and ideas, as well as the focus on student success.

Will has been a part of the Student Government Association since 2017, and as the current president, is very active with student events where he works very hard to make students feel included. Aside from SGA, he works as a substitute teacher for the Las Cruces Public Schools, and also teaches chess at the Arrowhead School. An avid chess player, when he dreams of what the future holds, he fantasizes about a charter school for precocious young chess players - or being superintendent for the whole of LCPS.