Lynne Sebastian, an adjunct associate professor in the UNM Department of Anthropology has been chosen to become an Expert Member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). She is director of Historic Preservation Programs at SRI Foundation in addition to her academic work at UNM.
Sebastian will receive the oath of office at the ACHP's next business meeting on March 1 in Washington D.C. The presidential appointed council generally works at the policy level, with most project review being done by staff members, but the council sometimes becomes involved in review of large or complex development projects.
Sebastian says she hopes to bring to the council a respect for history balanced with a consideration for the needs of modern development. Citing major projects such as the proposed Keystone pipeline, she notes that it is very important to weigh both the benefits to our communities and the country and the impacts on our historic and prehistoric heritage. Sebastian says she is looking forward to serving on the council and hopes she "can make a little bit of difference."
Sebastian works all over the country as part of her position as an expert on the process of historic preservation. Her term of appointment is four years. Sebastian served as the State Historic Preservation Officer for New Mexico from 1997 to 1999. She was the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and the State Archaeologist from 1987 to 1997 and is the current president of the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Sebastian was nominated for the position by New Mexico Senator Tom Udall.
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