ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Longtime University of New Mexico regent Jamie Koch announced his retirement Monday, in essence stepping away from public life after more than three decades.
Koch has held the institutional knowledge of the university through six university presidents over the past 13 years, during which time he served on the school’s influential Finance and Facilities Committee and as president of the Board of Regents.
During the 16 years before he joined the university, he served in the Legislature, on the state Game Commission and, in 2002, as chairman of the state Democratic Party. After delivering his resignation letter to Gov. Susana Martinez, he said that although he is retiring from all of his boards and participation in campaigns and public service, he will continue to work with his insurance business.