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Governor Nominates Three New Board Members For Tech

SOCORRO, N.M. December 23, 2014 – Gov. Susana Martinez released an announcement Monday that she has nominated three members to the New Mexico Tech Board of Regents.

 

The nominees include current board member Jerry Armijo of Socorro, Donald Monette of Socorro and David Gonzales of Farmington.

“Having Jerry Armijo reappointed is a real plus,” President Dr. Daniel H. Lopez said. “He’s been a steady hand and a thoughtful leader who has helped New Mexico Tech perform at an excellent level.”

Armijo is a private attorney, focusing on banking, real estate, municipal, probate, and commercial law, with admissions to the Bar of the State of New Mexico and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. He has served on the New Mexico Tech Board since 2003 and is the current board secretary and treasurer. Armijo has also served as president of the New Mexico Tech Research Corporation since 2004. He previously served on the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education and the New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission. Armijo holds a bachelor of business administration from New Mexico State University and a juris doctorate from the University of New Mexico.

Gonzales and Monette are expected to replace Richard Carpenter, who served two six-year terms on the board and Debra Hicks, who is stepping down to join the Board of Regents at New Mexico State University.

“We are sad to hear that Debra Hicks is leaving our Board of Regents,” Lopez said. “We’re sad for us, but happy for her and for New Mexico State University, her alma mater. We congratulate her and thank her for her service.”

Lopez also said he looks forward to working with Monette and Gonzales. They will officially become board members once the New Mexico Senate approves their nominations.

 

Gonzales is alumnus of the New Mexico Tech. He is a small business owner and brings over a decade of experience in petroleum engineering. He is vice president of operations at Logos Resources, a Farmington-based oil and gas exploration company invested in the development of the Mancos Shale, and owner of Wiasom Energy, a consulting company he founded in 2011. Gonzales has also worked as an engineer at development sites in New Mexico, Utah, and Texas for firms like Burlington Resources, Resolute Natural Resources, and Linn Energy. He earned his bachelor’s in petroleum engineering from the New Mexico Tech in 2005.

 

Monette brings experience in government, education, and private business. He has served as city councilor for the City of Socorro since 1998, where he sits as chairman of the Budget Committee. Monette is also executive director of finance for Socorro Consolidated Schools, overseeing an annual budget exceeding $24 million. He previously worked as an assistant purchasing director for New Mexico Tech. Prior to a career in public service, he was an assistant general manager for Monette Ford in Socorro and a restaurant proprietor. Monette earned a bachelor’s in hospitality and tourism services from New Mexico State University and a master’s of business administration from the University of New Mexico.

 

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