Santa Fe resident named to regents

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By The Staff

A Santa Fe resident has been appointed to the Highlands University Board of Regents.

Gov. Bill Richardson on Tuesday announced the selection of Pete Aguilar to replace Javier Gonzales.

Aguilar start Jan. 1 and will serve the rest of Gonzales’ term, which ends on Dec. 31, 2010. Gonzales is leaving to become a member of the Board of Regents at New Mexico State University.

Aguilar holds three degrees from Highlands University, including a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts technology and a master’s degree in secondary education administration and industrial arts technology. He owns his own electrician business and has worked as an electrical contractor in Santa Fe for nearly 40 years.

Also on Tuesday, Richardson announced the reappointment of local attorney Jesus Lopez to the Board of Regents.

Lopez is a graduate of Highlands University and has served as an attorney in the city of Las Vegas for 30 years. Previously, he worked as a district attorney and served 14 years as chairman of the West Las Vegas school board. He is the only board member who lives in Las Vegas.

Lopez was originally appointed by the governor on Jan. 17 to fill an unexpired term. Lopez will now serve a new six-year term through Dec. 31, 2014.

At the board’s first meeting next year, the regents will have to pick a new chairman.

The other regents are Leveo Sanchez, Nancy Long and Sherry Salas.

The university’s president is Jim Fries, who has been in that office since early 2007.