Lesia Bryant-Gonzalez Retires

NMSU-A Web Developer | March 3, 2014

Lesia began her service to NMSU-A in January, 1991, when she was hired to teach a keyboarding class (on typewriters-not computers!) for the program known then as Secretarial Administration but now known as Business Office Technologies (BOT). “There were no online classes then. All were face-to-face, and you really got to know your students well (maybe too well), even how many children they had and the children’s names!”

Over time, Lesia proved to be an exceptional instructor, winning the “Excellence in Teaching” award three times, 1992, 2003, and 2007. “These awards are particularly special to me because I was selected by student vote.”

Her knowledge, skills, and sincerity made her the obvious choice for the Recruiter position in 1996, and for 6 years she worked tirelessly fostering strong community connections that still exist today. While working as the college recruiter, she managed to teach two BOT classes each semester (except summers). During those 6 years many joked that she was playing “musical offices” because she had to relocate almost every year!

By 2003, Lesia’s responsibilities expanded. The recruiter position became Recruitment Coordinator, and Career Advisor and WIA Coordinator were added. With those 3 responsibilities, she still taught BOT classes. At the close of 2011, her responsibilities were realigned and she became half-time Academic Advisor in Student Services and half-time advisor in Nursing/EMS.

Lesia has been a valued employee of NMSU-A for many years and her contributions to our college growth and sustainability are without question. Her first retirement goal is to become an active “gear head” again and attend as many car shows as possible.

This quotation appears at the end of Lesia’s emails and certainly describes her well:

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.” (Stephen Covey)

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  1. Lisa Durrett House says:

    Yes! to you! Great story for a great lady! Congratulations!!! Lisa

  2. Dana Hall says:

    Congrats to you Lesia. I cried when I read your story. Do you remember that I was in that keyboarding class in 1991. You were great. It doesn’t seem like that long ago. Have fun with your retirement! Maybe Frank and I will run into you at a car show.

    • Lesia Bryant-Gonzalez says:

      Hey Dana,
      No, it doesn’t seem that long ago! It has been wonderful knowing you as a student and fellow colleague at APS. Would love to see you guys at car shows!
      Take care,

  3. Stephanie Browning says:

    Congratulations, Lesia! I wish you all happiness in your retirement!

  4. Lesia Bryant-Gonzalez says:

    Many thanks! Great knowing you and working with you at APS!

    Best wishes,

  5. Wanda Wakkinen says:

    Wow! What a lineup! You have been an integral part of NMSU-A and will be missed. Enjoy your big YES’s!

  6. Connie Breding says:

    Best wishes for a fabulous retirement, Lesia! Thanks for your many years of service to NMSU-A; you have had a huge impact.

    • Lesia Bryant-Gonzalez says:

      Connie, thank you so much. It has been a wonderful journey, and the students have been my inspiration.
      Thanks, Lesia