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.


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Fermin A. Rubio

Col. Fermin A. Rubio was born and raised in Roswell, N.M. In 1978, Col. Rubio graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and 1986 he was granted his Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico.


Col. Rubio is a U.S. Navy veteran and a Colonel in the N.M. Air National Guard. He currently serves on the state headquarters staff as the N.M. Air national Guard State Judge Advocate and a NM National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Judge Advocate. Col. Rubio's military awards include the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, multiple awards of the Navy Achievement Medal, multiple awards of Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, and the Overseas Service Ribbon. He has completed the USAF Air Command & Staff College and the USAF Air War College.


As a civilian and military attorney Col. Rubio has a broad career path. He is the former City Attorney for the City of Las Cruces, holding that position from 1997 to 2010. Prior to that post, he served as assistant general counsel for the New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration and as a private attorney with the Roswell law firm of Hunt & Currier. As a military lawyer, Col. Rubio is certified to practice in all areas of military law. He served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney while stationed overseas and as a civilian attorney with the U.S. Army, Fort Bliss, Texas.


Stirling Spencer