February 22, 2011. Retrieved online February 22, 2011 from Diana M. Alba, Las Cruces Sun-News
LAS CRUCES – Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday named a student regent for New Mexico State University.
Christopher Dulany, 29, a master’s student in business administration, is Martinez’s selection. Dulany also works as a financial adviser at Edward Jones Investments in Las Cruces.
Dulany, a registered independent, said he was just notified Monday about being selected.
“I’m honored to be selected by Gov. Martinez and look forward to serving the students at New Mexico State, as well as the institution as a whole,” he said Monday.
The state Senate must still confirm the appointment. Dulany said he’s waiting to hear about the next steps in the process.
Martinez has not yet named anyone to a second vacancy on the NMSU Board of Regents – a post previously held by Blake Curtis, whose term expired in December.
Dulany replaces NMSU student Regent Chris Anaya, son of former Regent Steve Anaya.
The student regent makes up one of the five members of the governor-appointed NMSU Board of Regents. Dulany will serve a two-year term, though non-student regents serve staggered, six-year terms.
Regent Laura Conniff of Las Cruces said a big issue facing the university is the budget for the next school year, something that hinges on decisions made by lawmakers during the state’s ongoing legislative session. The new student regent will be involved, she said.
“I have certainly have met Chris and looked at his credentials,” she said. “We’ve been fortunate to have extremely good student regents who’ve served at NMSU, and I imagine he’ll do a great job, as others have done in the past.”
Dulany said he plans to represent student interests on the body. That entails making sure that “the education they get is of a good value and that when they graduate, the New Mexico State University name looks good on their résumé,” he said.
One of the powers of the board is setting tuition rates, which have only gone up in recent years.
Dulany said he doesn’t have enough information yet to state a stance on tuition hikes for the coming year.
NMSU Regent Javier Gonzales said he met Christopher through his brother Travis Dulany and believes he’ll “bring a wealth of student experience, as well as private sector experience to the board.”
“The student body is going to be very well-served by his participation on the Board of Regents,” he said. “I suspect he’s going to be an active board member.”
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