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Three new UNM regents confirmed in Senate

unmSANTA FE — Three new members of the University of New Mexico Board of Regents were unanimously confirmed by the Senate today.

The confirmations finalize the Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointments of Regent Conrad James, a former Republican state representative from Albuquerque, Regent Suzanne Quillen a hospital administrator and nurse practitioner from Las Cruces, and student Regent Heidi Overton, a second-year UNM medical student originally from Gallup.

“I think UNM is going to have a wonderful stable of new regents with these three people,” said Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen, D-Las Cruces.

University regents serve six-year terms on the seven-member board. The student regent serves a two-year term.

The new members will replace Regent Don Chalmers, Regent Carolyn Abeita and student Regent Jake Wellman. Terms for the three outgoing regents expired in December. The regents had continued to serve on the board until the governor’s new appointments were confirmed.

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