University of New Mexico President Robert Frank has announced the appointment of Helen Gonzales as the University's first Chief Compliance Officer.

Following publication of the Louis Freeh Report on Penn State, Frank commissioned a comprehensive review of the University's compliance functions. That report recommended that the University main campus hire a chief compliance officer and build a compliance infrastructure that is similar to the one that currently exists at the UNM Health Sciences Center.

"I concur with the report's findings and am pleased that we have a highly qualified senior executive right here on our own staff," Frank said. "Helen has broad experience with compliance programs for complex organizations. Besides her 20 years of experience in higher education, she has worked in healthcare, defense contracting, and public utilities. These experiences will serve us well as she designs and builds a compliance infrastructure."

Gonzales will transition from her role as vice president of Human Resources to her new assignment on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.

Coinciding with the announcement that Gonzales has been appointed as UNM's first chief compliance officer, is the appointment of Jewel Washington as interim vice president for Human Resources. Washington has been with UNM for 15 years and has been the director of Employee and Organizational Development within Human Resources for the past five years. She brings an outstanding performance record of success and leadership to her new assignment.

"Jewel has my complete confidence in this new role," said Executive Vice President for Administration David Harris.

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