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New Mexico Highlands University Mission

New Mexico Highlands University is a public comprehensive university serving our local and global communities. Our mission is to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to attain an exceptional education by fostering creativity, critical thinking and research in the liberal arts, sciences, and professions within a diverse community.For more information about our mission, click here.


Friday, March 19, 2021

New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents
Special Open Meeting March 19, 2021

The Board of Regents held a special meeting Friday with two main agenda items, the annual performance evaluation of President Minner and the election of board officers. Dr. Frank Sanchez is replacing Leveo Sanchez as regent; Frank Marchi remains as the board’s chairman; William Garcia is vice-chairman, and Danelle Smith is secretary/treasurer. Christopher Ulibarri was reappointed to another term as student regent.

Board of Regents

Frank Marchi

Frank Marchi, Chairman
3301 Utah NE, Albuquerque, N.M. 87110

Frank Marchi has had a distinguished career as an insurance executive for Manuel Lujan Insurance, Inc. in Albuquerque, where he is currently a business consultant. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer, president of the board of directors, and senior vice president for the insurance agency. More…

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William E. “Bill” García, Vice-chairman
4720 Lluvia Encantada
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Phone: 505 982-1355

William E. García is the former cabinet secretary of economic development for the state of New Mexico and has had a distinguished career in business, taking an active leadership role with numerous New Mexico businesses and civic organizations. More …

Danelle Smith

Danelle J Smith, Secretary/Treasurer
PO Box 1811
Las Vegas, NM  87701
Phone: 505-425-9346

Las Vegas, New Mexico attorney Danelle Smith has worked in state and local government for more than 30 years.

Smith earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin in 1975 and was admitted to the New Mexico Bar in September 1975. She has practiced law in Las Vegas, New Mexico ever since. More …

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Dr. Frank Sanchez, Regent
P.O. Box 700, Rociada, NM 87742

The New Mexico State Senate on March 13, 2021 confirmed Gov. Michelle Lujan’s appointment of  Dr. Frank Sanchez to the Highlands University Board of Regents. His term on the Highlands University Board of Regents continues to Dec. 31, 2026.

“I have a lifelong dedication to service advocating for the well-being of the people of Northern New Mexico,” Sanchez said. “My main area of interest as a new regent at Highlands is to make higher education available to all. I hope I can help Highlands grow and move forward. My main goal is to see a resurgence on the Las Vegas campus.”  More …

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Christopher Ulibarri
Student Regent
PO Box 95
Buena Vista, NM  87712
Phone: 575-455-0107

Christopher Ulibarri, a student government leader at New Mexico Highlands University, is the university’s newest student regent.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made Ulibarri’s appointment official March 13. Ulibarri’s term extends to the adjournment of the next regular session of the New Mexico State Legislature in 2023. More