Harris appointed to board of regents

Freedom New Mexico

Clovis banker Randy Harris is the newest member of the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents.

Harris was appointed Thursday by Gov. Bill Richardson, filling the seat held by Alva Carter, who died in a tragic car accident last month.

Richardson also re-appointed Clovis engineer Chad Lydick to the board. Lydick was first appointed last February to fill the remainder of former Regent Jay Gurley’s term.

Roswell elementary school teacher Pauline Ponce was recently elected board president.

Harris is president and chief executive officer of the Bank of Clovis. Lydick owns and operates Lydick Engineers.

Current Regent Marshall Stinnett said the appointments will strengthen the board.

“Both of them have a lot of experience with being on boards and serving,” Stinnett said. “I think it’s going to be a win-win for Eastern.”

Stinnett also talked about the current financial environment, and what that means to the new Board of Regents who will oversee improvements to ENMU’s technology and music buildings.

“We’re really having to watch our ‘P’s and ‘Q’s because of the economic crisis in the state, so (money) is going to be really tight,” Stinnett said.

Calls to both Harris and Lydick were not returned.