Former GOP lawmaker Conrad James is among them
State senators on Monday confirmed three people to the University of New Mexico Board of Regents, including Las Cruces business executive Suzanne Quillen.
Quillen, 57, is chief executive officer of Advanced Care Hospital of Southern New Mexico. She is a registered nurse, a certified nurse practitioner and has a master’s degree in public administration.
She also has worked for UNM in nursing edcuation, according to a
statement from Gov. Susana Martinez, who nominated Quillen for the board
Martinez’s other two choices also received Senate confirmation.
They are former Republican legislator Conrad James, right, and student regent Heidi Overton.
James, of Albuquerque, served one term in the House of Representatives before being defeated in a bid for re-election last fall.
Sen. William Payne, R-Albuquerque, called James the most highly qualified person ever to become a UNM regent.
James, 38, has worked since 2002 as a research engineer at Sandia National Laboratories. He received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in applied and engineering physics from Cornell University.
Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque, welcomed James to the board but said a regent is defined by performance. McSorley said he hoped that James would be able to elevate UNM’s standing among research universities.
Overton is a second-year medical student at UNM. She was valedictorian at Gallup High School in 2007, and graduated summa cum laude from UNM in May 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in health, medicine and human values.
All three regents were confirmed without any opposing votes from the 42 senators.