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President recommends student regent candidates

New Mexico State University President William B. Conroy has recommended three NMSU students to Gov. Gary Johnson as candidates for the student regent position on the NMSU Board of Regents.


The students are Lucia M. Bond, a junior majoring in agricultural economics and agricultural business; Avery L. Culbertson, a junior majoring in agricultural and extension education; and Cyrus Salazar, a senior majoring in communications studies who plans to continue at NMSU in graduate school after receiving his bachelor's degree.

"All three of these students have very solid qualifications, good judgment and a good sense of what being a regent is all about," Conroy said.

The student representative on the five-member Board of Regents serves a two-year term; other members serve six-year terms. All appointments to the board are made by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

The next student regent will replace Natalie Evans Russell, a graduate student in molecular biology whose term expires at the end of December. Russell is the second voting student regent to serve on the board since the position was created by constitutional amendment in 1994.

Candidates for the student regent seat were screened in a process established by the Associated Students of NMSU, the university's student government. After interviewing four candidates recommended by the student leadership, Conroy selected two and added a third -- Salazar, who is the current president of ASNMSU.

"It is my belief that any of these nominees would do a splendid job if chosen," Conroy wrote in forwarding the names to the governor.

Bond, from Douglas, Ariz., is a Crimson Scholar and the 1998 Outstanding Junior for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics. She also is president of the university chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association and was president last year of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics Council.

Culbertson, of Las Cruces, has served as vice president of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics Council and state president of the Future Farmers of America. She has been a College Ambassador since 1997.

Salazar, from High Rolls, has been ASNMSU president since May and in that capacity has been an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board of Regents. He was appointed by the governor to serve this year as the voting student member on the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education.