FARMINGTON The San Juan College Board of Trustees will not change after an election earlier this week.

San Juan County voters re-elected board members Shane Chance, Dr. Joseph Pope and Ken Hare on Tuesday. Chance represents District 6, Pope represents District 7 and Hare represents District 4.

Chance and Hare ran uncontested while Pope ran against Roger Evans. According to unofficial results from the San Juan County Clerk's Office, Pope received 315 votes, and Evans 81. The clerk's office reported a 1.5 percent voter turnout.

"I am looking forward to continuing to work with this group," said college president Toni Pendergrass. "Along with bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise, they are dedicated to the mission and values of San Juan College and its future. They truly care about the welfare and success of both the college and the community."

Chance is a San Juan College graduate and Certified Public Accountant from Aztec. Chance has operated his own accounting business in Aztec since 1997. He earned his bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University in 1993 and an associate's degree from San Juan College in 1991.

Chance has served on the board since 2005. He was voted board president in April 2009 and continues to hold that position. Chance has also served as the board treasurer for the San Juan Center for Independence. He and his wife Jennifer, a federal probation officer, have two daughters, Cassie Lynn and Linda.

Pope has served on the board since 2007 after being elected to a six-year term in 2006 following Don Carlson's retirement.


Pope has practiced family medicine in Farmington since 1994.

Following graduation from Goddard High School in Roswell, he served in the U.S. Navy as a medical corpsman from 1975 to 1979. He earned his Bachelor of Science and medical degree from the University of New Mexico in 1991. He then completed a family practice residency at the University of Colorado.

He has served as chief of staff at San Juan Regional Medical Center, on the San Juan Independent Practitioner Association Board, the Childhaven Board and the Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Pope is also a violist and bee keeper. He and his wife, Cathy, have one son, Stephen.

Dr. Pope currently serves as the vice chairman of the board, a position he has held since April of 2011.

Ken Hare was elected to the board in 2005 and won re-election in 2007 for a six-year term in 2007. Hare retired from Bloomfield Public Schools in 2000. There, he was a counselor and developed school-to-career programs for Bloomfield students, as well as articulation programs that allowed students to earn college credit while still in high school.

Hare earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education and a master's degree in college student personnel services from Eastern New Mexico University.

Hare is a fourth-generation family member from Bloomfield and currently serves as managing member of Blanco Basin Land & Cattle Co., an investment company with interests in farming, ranching and real estate development. He also serves on the Executive Committee of Four Corners Economic Development Inc.

Hare is married to Helen Duncan, who was a teacher and vice principal at Hermosa Middle School in Farmington for 27 years. They have one son Lance and two grandsons.

The San Juan College Board of Trustees also includes board secretary Chad King, as well as board members Evelyn Benny, John Thompson, and Matthew Tso. For more information about San Juan College, or the board, visit

Jenny Kane can be reached at; 505-564-4636. Follow her on Twitter @Jenny_Kane