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Regent Marr-Montoya gained more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration and counseling through various positions at Luna Community College. She earned her M.A. in guidance and counseling from Highlands as well as her B.A. in sociology, psychology and secondary education.

Marr-Montoya retired from Luna in 2003 as director of the Office of Recruitment, Admission and Retention. During her Luna tenure, she helped develop and directed several award-winning programs such as the Minority Technical Education Program that funded hundreds of scholarships and the Summer Preparation Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for area high school students. The U.S. Department of Energy funded both programs.

For more than 20 years, Marr-Montoya counseled students in the Student Services Office at Luna. She secured more than $2.5 million in grant funding for the college and developed the Intel Scholarship Program, which funded approximately 100 student scholarships.

Marr-Montoya has served on the Viles Foundation board for 30 years and is its current president. In its 57-year history, the foundation has awarded more than $2.3 million in college scholarships to orphans and others who have lost a parent.

She was a Viles scholarship recipient herself, saying it sparked her lifelong passion for helping students attain scholarships.

Marr-Montoya has been honored numerous times, including being tapped for the 25th Annual Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women in 2010. She serves on the board of directors for the Highlands University Alumni Association.