Press release: New Mexico governor appoints two New ENMU regents

PORTALES-New Mexico governor Susana Martinez has announced two new appointments to the Board of Regents at Eastern New Mexico University.

Brett Leach of Roswell will replace Pauline Ponce, also from Roswell. The new student regent is Santana Chavez of Dora, replacing Robert Wachter from Portales.

Steven Gamble, ENMU president, said, “Although we at the University hate to lose Pauline Ponce and Rob Wachter as regents, Brett Leach and Santana Chavez are excellent selections to replace them. Mr. Leach has deep roots at ENMU, and Ms. Chavez will be an able spokesperson and representative for our student body. The students, faculty and staff are happy to welcome both of them to our Board.”

Leach is a Financial Consultant with Southwest Securities Group, Inc., in Roswell. He graduated from Portales High School, and received a 1969 bachelor of science and a 1971 master of arts in psychology from ENMU.

He is a member and past president of the Roswell Sunrise Rotary, on the Board of Directors of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (a nonprofit agency based in Roswell that provides a powerful voice for children), and chairman of the Rotary Desert Sun Classic Charity Golf Tournament.

Leach is a former instructor at ENMU-Roswell and former director of Law Enforcement Education at ENMU-Clovis (before it became Clovis Community College). His father, Ernest, has been a New York Life agent in Portales for many years.

“I grew up in Portales and have strong ties to eastern New Mexico,” said Leach. “ENMU is an important part of our communities. I am honored to be appointed a regent, and look forward to being a part of ENMU’s continued growth in serving our region.”

Chavez is majoring in communicative disorders at ENMU.

She is president of the ENMU National Speech-Language and Hearing Association, was a New Mexico Speech-Language and Hearing Association Convention Student Volunteer (Oct 2010), and is Executive Assistant for ENMU Student Government. Santana also volunteers at the ENMU Speech and Hearing Rehabilitation Outreach Center.

“I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with the Governor, other regents and ENMU administration,” said Chavez. “I look forward to serving on the Board as Eastern continues implementing new programs. I plan on being the voice of the students in communicating their concerns to the administration and Board.”