Governor nominates regents for NMSU and Tech

February 27, 2019

The governor on Tuesday announced five appointments to the boards of regents at New Mexico State University and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Each school is governed by their own five member board of regents, which will be full if the nominees are approved by the state senate.

At NMSU, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham tapped a longtime director of the New Mexico Beef Council and a volunteer and promoter of art in southern New Mexico to the board.

Dina Chacon-Reitzel and Ammu Devasthali were nominated to six and four-year terms, respectively. Chacon-Reitzal has been the executive director of the Beef Council for 30 years and has held seats on several national beef industry committees, according to a news release from the governor’s office. She has a master’s degree in business administration from NMSU.

Devasthali is working to raise money to renovate Williams Hall at the university and she is a member of a think tank aimed at improving life in downtown Las Cruces, according to the release. She earned a two master’s degrees from NMSU and received an honorary degree from the university last year, according to a university news release.

The governor nominated Luke Sanchez, a biology major who graduated from St. Pius X High School, as a student regent which is a two-year term.

At New Mexico Tech, the governor selected Yolanda Jones King, who had a lengthy career in the Air Force and is retired from a Department of Defense agency, as a regent. Veronica Espinoza, a chemical engineering student, was nominated to be student regent for two years, according to the governor’s office.

Jones King, who if confirmed will serve for six years on the board, retired in 2014 from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and prior to that served several high-level roles within the Air Force, according to the governor’s office.

She earned her bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in chemistry from New Mexico Tech.

Lujan Grisham earlier this month filled five of the seven seats on the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.