New Mexico Senate confirms appointments of 5 new UNM regents

February 16, 2019 GMT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Senate has confirmed Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s appointments of five new members of the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.

The Senate’s action Friday came just under a week after Lujan Grisham announced Feb. 9 her appointments of businesswoman Kimberly Sanchez Rael and UNM law Professor Emeritus Robert Schwartz for two-year terms, former Regents Sandra K. Begay and Douglas M. Brown for four-year terms and student Melissa C. Henry to a two-year term.

The Senate Rules Committee considered the appointments during a three-hour hearing before the full Senate confirmed them without dissent.

Five board seats were open because members’ terms were ending or were completed and the Senate didn’t hold confirmation hearings on then-Gov. Susana Martinez’s UNM appointments over the past two years.