Board of Regents

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.

NMMI Board of Regents Policy Manual
Jesse F. Eckel

Mr. Jesse F. Eckel graduated from NMMI in 1967 from the High School division and in 1969 from the Junior College division. Mr Eckel went on to get his BS in Education and graduate from North Texas State University in 1971. Mr. Eckel also attended the New Mexico School of Banking graduating in 1978 and and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking graduating in 1991. Mr. Eckel is currently employed with James Polk Stone Community Bank as a Commercial Loan Officer and Credit Analysis Dept Head where he oversees Accounts Payable for the Roswell Office and Bank Budgeting.


Mr. Eckel served on the New Mexico Military Institute Foundation as Trustee, Treasurer, Executive Committee Member and Investment Committee Member. He served on the New Mexico Military Institute Alumni Association as President from 1990-1992. Mr. Eckel has served as the Treasurer and Finance Committee Member for First United Methodist Church in Roswell N.M. Mr. Eckel was the Chaves Community Foundation Director in 1991 and a member of the Advisory Board for ENMU-Roswell.


Mr. Eckel and his wife Sherry Eckel reside in Roswell, N.M.. They have two children, Brent Eckel and Megan Eckel.

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