Three re-elected to SJC Board of Trustees

Shane Chance (pictured left), Dr. Joseph Pope (pictured center) and Ken Hare (pictured right) were re-elected to continue serving on the San Juan College Board of Trustees on March 5. Chance and Hare ran uncontested while Dr. Joseph Pope kept his seat against Roger Evans, according to unofficial results from the San Juan County Clerk’s Office. Chance represents District 6, Pope represents District 7 and Hare represents District 4.


“I am looking forward to continuing to work with this group,” said SJC President Dr. 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.”

Shane 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 with a degree in accountancy 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 today. 

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.

Dr. Joseph Pope has served on the SJC 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 United States 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.

Pope is also a violist and bee keeper and 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. 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 on September 6, 2005 and won re-election in 2007 for a six-year term in 2007. Hare retired from Bloomfield schools in 2000 where 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 NM University.

Hare is a fourth generation family member from Bloomfield and currently serves as managing member of Blanco Basin Land & Cattle Co., LLC, a diversified 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.