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Governor nominates regents for NMMI, ENMU

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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has submitted nominees to serve on the boards of regents of five different New Mexico universities and colleges — including the New Mexico Military Institute and Eastern New Mexico University.

The names were sent in an executive message to the Rules Committee of the New Mexico Senate, according to a press release issued by Lujan Grisham’s office Thursday.

John Garcia and Cedric Daniel Page have been nominated for six-year terms on the NMMI Board of Regents to run through Dec. 31, 2024, according to the release.

Lance Pyle was nominated to a six-year term on the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents, to run through Dec. 31, 2024. Joseph William Gergel III was nominated to a two-year student regent term through Dec. 31, 2020, according to the release.

The following is biographical information on the nominees:

• Cedric Daniel Page is the former executive director of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and served as the Sun Path site coordinator and dean of instruction. He is currently a professor emeritus in geography at the Los Alamos campus and has spent four decades teaching in higher education, including at the University of Colorado in Denver and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

• John Garcia is district director of the Small Business Administration. He was formerly deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Garcia also served as the first secretary of the Department of Veterans Services under former Gov. Bill Richardson and was secretary for the Office of Economic Development in the administration of Gov. Gary King.

• Lance Pyle has been county manager of Curry County since 2007 and was mayor of Melrose from 2006 to 2010. He also has experience in the community as a board member of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and sits on the board of the Hartley House, a domestic violence safe-house center. He has a bachelor’s degree from ENMU.

• Joseph William Gergel III is studying political science at Eastern New Mexico University. He has interned at Lee Engineering and in the office of the university president. Gergel has been active in student government and is vice president of the pre-law club. He is a graduate of Rio Rancho High School.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.