LCSN: Michael Cheney appointed to NMSU governing board

February 23, 2011. Retrieved online February 23, 2011 from Diana M. Alba, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES – Michael Cheney, a Las Cruces bank executive, was appointed Tuesday to New Mexico State University’s governing board, announced Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

Cheney, 48, is the regional president for Wells Fargo & Co. in southern New Mexico. He’ll fill a vacancy created when the term of former Regent Blake Curtis expired in December.

The appointment was the second to the NMSU board in as many days, following the announcement of Christopher Dulany as student regent. Both must be confirmed by the state Senate.

Cheney, a Republican, graduated in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in finance from NMSU. He’s also served on an NMSU Business College advisory panel and the board of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce.

Las Cruces real estate firm owner and agent John Hummer serves with Cheney on the Chamber of Commerce board. He said that body has benefited from Cheney’s experience.

“He’s just somebody whose opinions and insights are always very well-received,” said Hummer, the division chair for government affairs within the chamber. “I consider him somebody who’s very honest, with high ethics, and just a good person to know and be around. I don’t think the governor could have done any better.”

Hummer said Cheney’s skills in finance and management will be assets to the university.

Cheney, if confirmed, will serve a six-year term on the Board of Regents. The five-member body sets policy for the university and hires and fires its president.

Monday, Martinez named Dulany, 29, a financial adviser and master’s student in business, to the NMSU student regent position. He’ll serve a two-year term.

…Cheney is also a board member of the NMSU Arrowhead Center, an effort that aims to spur small business in connection with research.

NMSU business college Dean Garrey Carruthers, also an Arrowhead Center board member, described Cheney as a “close personal friend” and an “outstanding young leader in business in New Mexico.”

“He’s been very generous with his time in dealing with the College of Business,” he said. “I’m enthusiastic about the appointment and looking forward to working with him.”

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