Longtime NM Tech Public Information Specialist Retires, Jan. 18, 2008

George Zamora

by Valerie Kimble

Right: George Zamora

SOCORRO, N.M., Jan. 17, 2008 – George Zamora, the familiar face and sonorous voice of the New Mexico Tech Public Information Office (PIO), has retired from the university effective January 18.

“It was with great regret – and with grateful appreciation – that we accepted George’s resignation,” said Dr. Daniel H. López, Tech president.

“George has been a valuable member of our professional staff for many years, and I wish him all the best as he enters a new phase of his life,” López said.

George and family

Left: George with wife Bernadette and daughter Kateri.

Zamora joined the university community in June of 1980 as a circulation assistant with New Mexico Tech’s Martin Speare Memorial Library. In 1986, he moved to the PIO under then-director Roberta Stewart as a technical writer.

Zamora worked under three New Mexico Tech presidents: Kenneth Ford, Laurence Lattman and López.

At a recent going-away party in his honor, Zamora noted that when he was hired, President Jimmy Carter was completing his single term of office under the dark umbrella of a hostage crisis in the Middle East.

George and Carlissa

Right: Carlissa kindly offers to open her father's retirement present for him.

Some things haven’t changed – crises continue on the other side of the globe – not so for the duties Zamora inherited over time.

As Public Information Specialist, it was Zamora who spoke on behalf of the university during the good times and the not-so-good. He covered commencement exercises, Board of Regents meetings and official visits from a host of dignitaries, from members of New Mexico’s Congressional delegation, to Prince Andrew of the United Kingdom, to Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico.

He will admit, however, that what brought him the most pleasure was spotlighting the achievements of students from the smaller villages and towns of the state, many of which had no home-town newspapers of their own.

“We will miss George – he was a valued staff member and it will be hard to replace him,” said Melissa Jaramillo-Fleming at Zamora’s going-away party, adding her best wishes to those of others in attendance.

Jaramillo-Fleming is the Assistant Vice President for Student and University Relations, which oversees the PIO.

When asked where he plans to go next, Zamora boomed out, “Home!”

Home includes his wife, Bernadette, and their children: Christopher, 17; Carlissa, seven; Micaela, six; and Kateri, four.

Zamora, a Socorro native, graduated from Socorro High School in 1974, and earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of New Mexico in 1983.

His PIO duties are being covered by university staff until a permanent replacement is hired.

For obtaining university information and submitting news items, continue to contact the New Mexico Tech PIO at 575.835.5616, or e-mail pio@nmt.edu.

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