Tech Honors V.P. Marquez at Retirement Party

SOCORRO, N.M. January 12, 2016 – Lonnie Marquez, outgoing Vice President for Administration and Finance, will be honored at a retirement party from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in the conference room at the Steve S. Torres residence hall.


Lonnie Marquez


Although Marquez’s formal retirement date is Jan. 31, 2016, he has already turned over the reins of the office to his successor, Richard Cervantes, former Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

Marquez joined the New Mexico Tech administration in 1989 as Associate Director for Administration and Finance with the Terminal Effects Research and Analysis (TERA) group, now known as EMRTC – the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center.

Among his duties with TERA was to establish and maintain a management and financial reporting system and to assist in establishing and maintaining internal policies and procedures.

In 1992, Marquez relocated to Brown Hall as the Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance (VPAF) under W.D. Peterson. Marquez’s position was elevated to Sr. Associate VPAF in 2004.

Two years later, in 2006, Marquez attained full V.P. status upon Peterson’s retirement.

“I’ve known Lonnie for many years, first as a friend, and later as a respected member of my administrative team,” said Tech President Dr. Daniel H. López, who also is stepping down later this year.

President López called Marquez a lifelong personal friend who worked hard on behalf of the University. “Lonnie never failed to take on new challenges – and we had many following the economic recession starting in 2008,” López said. “His integrity and dedication to this university are unparalleled, and I know we all wish him well on his retirement.”

Marquez is a New Mexico native, born and reared in Tucumcari where he played football in high school. He went on to earn a degree in accounting from New Mexico Highlands University before embarking on his career in finance.

As vice president for the administrative arm of the University, Marquez chaired the New Mexico Tech Emergency Preparedness Committee, in addition to service on a number of state and local boards, including the New Mexico Finance Authority and the Socorro County Housing Authority.

So far, Marquez is mum on his retirement plans, but those in the know predict he will spend his time traveling, playing golf and visiting with family and friends.

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