Gene Strickland

Gene Strickland

Superintendent - Hobbs Municipal Schools

Gene Strickland, Superintendent Hobbs Municipal Schools – born and raised in Southeast New Mexico; graduated from Lovington High School., Eastern New Mexico University BS-Education and New Mexico State University, MA-Educational Administration.  Married to his high school sweetheart Dena for 24 years, a special education educator and diagnostician for Hobbs Municipal Schools. Proud parents of 3 children, Brenden, Brayden and Jaelyn. Gene has enjoyed officiating basketball at the intercollegiate level for 23 years and being selected as a State Tournament Official 7 times. Serves on the Boys and Girls Club of Hobbs, Crosswinds Community Church Deacon and Finance Team, Palmer Drug Abuse Program and previously the United Way of Lea County.

Gene has a passion for the future of his students. Recognizing that the experience of a PK-12 education should be viewed as an opportunity and not a terminal process. Career Technical Education is the path to a relative education for our students. Oversaw the successful passage of two separate bond elections; $25 million and $30 million, with a passing rate of 82% and 75%. Additionally has directed two separate Mill Levy elections with passage of both by wide margins. Those funds have affected every student in the district as well as constructed two new elementary campuses, a 3rd that broke ground last month and the Career Technical Education Center. Hobbs Municipal Schools serves 9800+ students with 1300+ staff. Gene believes Career Technical Education is the most appropriate path forward for our students as each and every student will have a Career.