president was 'strong advocate'
president of the UNM Board of Regents, resigned from the board
last week. He leaves to become chairman of the governors
New Mexico Economic Development Corporation.
of the Board of Regents for the past eight and a half years
and president of the board for six, Willard brought executive
leadership experience and skills to the University, said UNM
President F. Chris Garcia.
leadership was enlightened, he dealt with tough issues fairly
and he has been a strong advocate for UNM in the community,
at the state legislature, throughout the state and beyond,
board membership, Willard served on the Anderson Schools of
Management Foundation and the UNM Hospital Board.
Willard also supported UNM through his personal philanthropy
and through private support of the financial institutions with
which he has been associated including most recently Wells Fargo
will miss Larrys leadership, but look forward to an ongoing
relationship with him as he continues to be involved with the
University in other ways and as he takes on a new role for the
governor in the area of economic development. Larrys involvement
has extended far beyond board membership, said Garcia.
In a news
release accepting Willards resignation, Governor Richardson
said, I want to commend him for his years of service to
the University and to the people of New Mexico. All New Mexicans
owe him a deep debt of gratitude and thanks for his vision and
his determination to make the University one of the premier
learning centers in America and a world-class research center.