August 31, 2018. Interim DACC President Dr. Monica Torres welcomes faculty and staff during the announcement of her new post.

May 10, 2019 Chancellor Dan Arvizu appointed Dr. Monica Torres as the new DACC President.

President Monica Torres

On May 10, 2019, during a Board of Regents meeting, NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu announced that Dr. Mónica Torres would become the next president of Doña Ana Community College (DACC).

Dr. Arvizu praised her work and her leadership qualities while making the announcement. “Since her selection as interim president, Dr. Torres has demonstrated her ability to lead with vision, purpose and a deep commitment to student success,” Arvizu said. “NMSU’s community college system plays an essential role in our work to serve the people of New Mexico, and Dr. Torres’ knowledge of the campus and track record of accomplishments will serve the DACC community well.”

Torres had served as the interim DACC president since August 31, 2018. From 2014 until her appointment as interim president, Torres served as DACC’s vice president of academic affairs.

“To be selected as the next president of Doña Ana Community College is the highlight of my career,” Torres said. “I am truly committed to working alongside the faculty, staff and our community to continue the principal focus on student success. We have a rich tradition in this regard. Staying in step with our students’ aspirations and educational needs is at the very heart of what DACC is all about.”

Prior to coming to DACC, Torres served as an assistant professor, associate professor and department head at NMSU’s Department of English. Torres has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from NMSU. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in American studies with an emphasis in cultural studies.

Torres is the 10th president of the college, which celebrated its 45th anniversary this year. Working with educational leaders, business leaders and other community constituents, Torres and DACC faculty and staff will continue to focus on student success, community engagement and workforce development for all residents of Doña Ana County.

DACC is the fourth-largest higher education institution in New Mexico. Last fall the college enrolled more than 7,900 students on six different campuses and centers that are located throughout Doña Ana County. The college offers 42 associate degrees and more than 50 certificates in Career and Technical Education and General Education as part of the NMSU system.

Torres is published in academic journals and continues to pursue scholarly interests in cultural studies and higher education.


The DACC's President’s office welcomes you to the Doña Ana Community College web site. We continue to work on and update the pages so you can find what you want in the quickest way possible. We are a thriving community college which offers 41 different degree programs and more than 50 certificate programs. We serve the needs of local business by preparing students for careers in different technologies and professions. We also assist businesses through our Customized Training Program and our Small Business Development Center. Our academic programs are exceptional and prepare students for careers or entry into many different universities in the area, including New Mexico State University.

Contained on this website is information about our programs, admissions, scholarship applications, student life, and contacts. Please look at the information for the community to see our news releases and information on how you can help our student’s success by giving.

Please look around our site and let us know if you find what you are looking for or if there are ways we can improve our web page. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on campus in the near future.

President Monica Torres, Ph.D.
Doña Ana Community College

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Last updated: Feb 13, 2018.