The New Mexico Military Institute Board of Regents is composed of five members appointed by the Governor of New Mexico for terms of six years. The Board is responsible for the governance of the New Mexico Military Institute as the Institute executes its statutory responsibility to provide education and training for the youth of this country that is of as high a standard as like institutions in other states and territories. This responsibility is exercised by the Board only as a unit.

The Board’s power to govern New Mexico Military Institute includes fiduciary responsibility for the assets and programs of the School, establishment of policies to guide the Institute, and oversight of the functioning of the School. The Board vests responsibility for the management and operations of the Institute in the President/Superintendent.

Bradford Christmas

Bradford Christmas graduated from NMMI’s high school division in 1970 and attended one semester of Junior College before transferring to Oklahoma State University.  Mr. Christmas is a current and past member of New Mexico Military Institute Board of Trustees, also serves on the board of directors for New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, Vice President of the Board of Directors Parker Center for Family Business, a division of Anderson School of Management at UNM, and also the member of many organizations to include New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, and American Quarter Horse Association.

Currently Mr. Christmas is the President of Christmas Ranches, Inc. in NE New Mexico, President of Christmas Enterprises, Inc. a licensed general contracting company and marketing of heavy equipment and appraisal services, and the manager of family royalty interests in the oil and gas industry.

Mr. Christmas entered active duty in December 1971 and commissioned 2Lt in August 1973.  He returned to NM Army National Guard and served as Platoon Leader Clovis, NM, Platoon Leader and Executive Officer Raton, NM, and Company Commander Clayton, NM with Honorable Discharge.

Mr. Christmas lives in Wagon Mound, NM with his wife of 42 year, Becky and they have three children.

Phillip Ingram

Mr. Ingram specializes in the tax efficient use of Life Insurance, Annuities, Disability Income and Long Term Care policies. His areas of concentration include personal insurance and estate planning, asset protection and wealth accumulation and transfer techniques.

He entered the Insurance and Financial Services industry in 1971 after graduating from Texas Tech University with a BBA degree in Marketing and Finance. He has earned his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations; he also holds certificates in Advanced Estate Planning, Advanced Pension Planning and Financial Counseling from the American College at Bryn Mawr, PA. He is a founding member and past member of the Board of New First Financial Resources LLC, headquartered in Newport Beach, CA.

He is a current member of and past President (1983 & 1997) of the New Mexico Chapter of Financial Services Professionals (FSP). He is a current member and past Director of the New Mexico Estate Planning Council (NMEPC). He is a life and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) and a frequent qualifier for Court of the Table status. He has experience as a private business owner in the areas of manufacturing, wholesaling, real estate development, financial and insurance planning. He is a member of the management committee of Gamerco Associates TIC and a Managing General Partner and CFO of Gallup Newco Partners LP, a holding company involved in real estate development and management in Gallup, NM. He is a General Partner of KIBCO Partners, a real estate investment company in Albuquerque, NM.

He is a member of the New Mexico Amigos, the official Goodwill Ambassadors for the State of New Mexico. He is a past president of the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) Board of Regents (2005-2010). He was awarded the Regents Medal recognizing his service to NMMI in 2010. He is a current Trustee of the NMMI Foundation. In 2011, he was appointed as one of 20 public members of the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central District for a 4-year term. He is a current Honorary Commander to the USAF Inspection Agency, Kirtland AFB. He has served on various committees and commissions throughout the State.

Tim Paul

Timothy Paul graduated from NMMI’s High School division in 1982 and Junior College in 1984, which included a commission as a Second Lieutenant. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New Mexico. He holds a MS from Embry-Riddle University and MA from the US Army War College. He served in the US Army for 30 years, retiring as a Colonel. COL Paul served in a variety of command positions, from platoon to brigade, he went on to serve in strategic leadership and staff positions world wide. He is a Master Army Aviator, having flown a variety of Army fixed and rotary wing aircraft, his awards include the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star and several other Army, multi and joint service awards.

Currently Mr. Paul is the Vice President of Operations at CSI Aviation. He is responsible for aviation support and airline operations serving a variety of US Government departments and agencies as well as commercial customers world wide. He enjoys the opportunity to serve and visit customers all over the world. Having learned the value of leadership by example from NMMI, he maintains a current airline transport pilot rating and serves as pilot in command when able.

Mr. Paul is married to the former Linda Minoletti, they have four children and live in Albuquerque, NM.

Barbara Trent

Barb Trent graduated in 1979 in the first class of female cadets at New Mexico Military Institute and received her commission as a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps.  While finishing her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University she served in New Mexico Army National Guard and is a recipient of the New Mexico Distinguished Service Medal for service at the State Penitentiary riot in 1980.   Additionally, she served as a Dona Ana County Deputy Sheriff prior to entering active duty in January 1982 as an Army Military Intelligence Officer.  During her 29 years of service, she had several assignments supporting overseas operations including deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan as the Deputy Science Advisor for the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) and the Army’s G2 and her final assignment as the Military Deputy to the Director of the National Security Agency’s Science Advisor.  She also served an assignment at New Mexico Military Institute as a Professor of Military Science.

Barb is now CEO of Cova Strategies, LLC.  Cova is a Women-Owned, Veteran-Owned Small Business that provides software development, management and integration services within the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and Law Enforcement communities.

Barb lives in Las Cruces, NM with her husband, Jim Matchin (NMMI 66 HS 68 JC)

Stirling Spencer

“Stirling Spencer, rancher, businessman, engineer, and pilot was recognized as the New Mexico Cattle Growers Cattleman of the Year in 2014.  Mr. Spencer is a 4th generation New Mexico rancher who owns and operates the Bar W Ranch, Inc. He is a history buff and uses the surveying instrument owned by his great-grandfather, but he also tracks commodity trends, cattle markets and weather patterns.  He is an international brackish water expert whose work is in demand overseas, yet his life dream has always resided with the cows and land of rural New Mexico. His father and grandfather were both military and Stirling was the 1968 New Mexico Military Institute’s Regimental Commander, yet he has spent his life as an activitist for all things agriculture.

Stirling is a public figure whose great-grandfather, William C McDonald, was the first governor of the state of New Mexico.  Stirling, the youngest of three siblings, excelled at New Mexico Military Institute before pursuing Chemical Engineering at New Mexico State University.  Stirling served as an engineer in Houston, TX for one year prior to coming back to the Bar W for six months, and went back to Chemical Engineering in El Paso, Texas. By the time he was 28 years old, Stirling was chief engineer for an international company. He traveled internationally and was known as an expert in water issues. Stirling finalized the purchase of the Bar W in the 1980s.

Stirling was on the Carrizozo School Board and active in New Mexico Cattle Growers. He became involved in local government in the 1990s. Stirling served two terms as Lincoln County Commissioner and has served as a board member for the Coalition of Arizona/New Mexico Counties. He is a former member of the board of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. He has also served on the Production Credit Association board and was a director of the Tom & Evelyn Lineberry Policy Center at New Mexico State University, and the NMSU Corona Ranch Advisory board. He has served on the Board of Directors of the NMCGA as well as serving as president of the Cattle Growers Foundation, for which he was a founding member. Stirling was a candidate for the New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands and is currently a Lincoln County Probate Judge.

Stirling’s secondary business, Bartz-Spencer Solar Services, designs, installs and services solar pumping systems for ranches and domestic use as well as light commercial use. Among Stirling’s accomplishments was to start a foundation to benefit CattleGrowers.

Stirling has three sons, Chris, Stirling Jr. and Brian.  He is known as a phenomenal rancher, a renowned chemical engineer, an accomplished pilot, and a renewable power wizard. He taught himself to snow and water ski, and is at home both under the water scuba diving and up in the air piloting his plane.

Exert taken from the New Mexico Stockman, Carol Wilson – November 2014

Stirling Spencer was appointed by Governor Martinez to serve as a Regent for the New Mexico Military Institute on December 22, 2014.  His term as a Regent will expire on December 31, 2020