Writer: Mario A. Montes
Isaac “Ike” Pino, civil engineering alumnus and president of SunCor New Mexico, was appointed to the NMSU Board of Regents by Gov. Bill Richardson.
New Mexico State University’s Board of Regents appointees were confirmed by the state Senate on March 18.
Gov. Bill Richardson’s appointments of Christopher Anaya, Isaac “Ike” Pino and Javier M. Gonzales will be seated at next month’s special Regents meeting on April 8.
Anaya is a sophomore at NMSU majoring in government. Anaya has been on the Dean’s list and holds a number of academic scholarships. He has been active in student government as an ASNMSU senator. Anaya replaces the former student regent, Ed Kellum. He was appointed by Richardson on Nov. 24.
Gonzales also was appointed by Richardson on Nov. 24. He has a background in media and government. He is president of IronStone, a small Internet technology business he founded in 2003, and is a former Santa Fe County Commissioner. Gonzales has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from NMSU. For the past four years, he has been the chairman of the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents.
Pino, Richardson’s most recent appointment to the board on March 11, has a bachelor’s degree from NMSU in civil engineering. He is president of SunCor New Mexico and general manager and vice president of Rancho Viejo. He has served as city manager, public works director and director of planning and land use for the City of Santa Fe. Pino was also director of the State Transportation Authority from 1993-1994. He is active in the community and works with the Boys and Girls Club and Santa Fe Economic Development.
“We are very pleased that our new board members have been confirmed and that they will be joining us as we help move the university forward,” said Blake Curtis, chairman of the NMSU Board of Regents. “Each will bring considerable knowledge and a unique perspective to the issues and opportunities before us. This is good news for NMSU and I look forward to working with them.”
NMSU Interim President Waded Cruzado gave her congratulations to the new regents and thanked them for agreeing to serve the university.
“NMSU is fortunate to have a governing board composed of individuals who have successful personal and professional lives and who bring luster to our institution. We thank Gov. Richardson for the dedication he has shown to NMSU during this process and to the legislators and citizens who made this possible,” Cruzado said. “With this confirmation today, NMSU continues advancing an agenda of excellence throughout the state.