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Governor Appoints William Villanueva as New Mexico Tech Student Regent

William Villanueva By Thomas Guengerich

SOCORRO, N.M., Jan. 21, 2009 – Governor Bill Richardson announced Wednesday the appointment of William Villanueva to serve as Student Regent at New Mexico Tech.

Villanueva is a sophomore physics major. He is the editor of the student newspaper, Paydirt. He is a member of the National Honor Society and is a graduate of Sandia High School in Albuquerque.

Villanueva’s term as Student Regent will expire December 31, 2010. He replaces student Regent Dennise Trujillo. Although he has been appointed, he will not become a voting member of the Board of Regents until he is confirmed by the New Mexico State Senate.

Villanueva said he is excited and honored to join the board. “I feel pretty fortunate to be chosen,” he said. “I’d love to represent the student voice. That’s my No. 1 job. I look forward to contributing what I can.”

New Mexico Tech President Dr. Daniel H. López said Villanueva will make an excellent addition to the Board of Regents.

“In interviewing William, it became clear that this young man understands the role of the regents,” López said. “He clearly is prepared to represent the students and to balance that against the needs of the university.”

Villanueva said he will attend Student Association meetings weekly to stay in touch with the opinions and concerns of students. He hopes to form a committee that can bring student concerns to him for presentation to the Board.

“Student Regents at New Mexico Tech have been an excellent addition to the board because, on one hand, they bring a student perspective, and on the other, they have behaved and carried out their duties as board members,” López said. “We’re happy to welcome him to the board and we wish him a swift confirmation.”

Villanueva grew up in five countries: Brazil, Hungary, India, Romania and the United States. He and his parents, who were missionaries, have lived in Albuquerque since 2004. He said his international experience gives him a diverse world view and the ability to view situations from multiple perspectives.

Although interested in physics, his career ambition is to attend law school and become a patent attorney.

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