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The New Mexico Senate has confirmed Conrad James, Suzanne Quillen and Heidi Overton as University of New Mexico regents. James and Quillen were appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to six year terms, while Overton, a student regent, was appointed by Martinez to a two-year term.
James is a member of the technical staff in the Biosensors and Nanomaterials Department at Sandia National Laboratories where he conducts research in microsystems device technology. He has published numerous research articles in scientific journals and holds several patents.
Recently, he served as a representative in the New Mexico State Legislature from 2011-2012. He received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his master's and doctorate degrees in applied and engineering physics from Cornell University.
Quillen is the chief executive officer of the Advanced Care Hospital of Southern New Mexico. She is a registered nurse and a certified nurse practitioner with more than 26 years of experience in healthcare management.
Quillen began her nursing career at University of New Mexico Hospital and returned to UNMH after obtaining her nurse practitioner certification from the University of Colorado. She has served in leadership positions including chief nursing officer and hospital operating officer at Lovelace Medical Center and director of Patient Care Development and Marketing and Business Development at MountainView Regional Center in Las Cruces.
Quillen is currently a member of the executive committee of The Bridge of Southern New Mexico, The Las Cruces Forum and was recently appointed to the Employability Partnership Board of New Mexico. She is an active member of the Las Cruces community where she has resided for more than 15 years.
Overton is a second year medical student at the UNM School of Medicine. The valedictorian of Gallup High School in 2007, Heidi entered UNM as a Regent's Scholar in the University Honors Program and a student in the Combined BA/MD Degree Program.
Overton graduated summa cum laude from UNM in May 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Health, Medicine and Human Values, and received many awards as an undergraduate, including the UNM Clauve Outstanding Senior Award, University Honors Program Outstanding Senior Award, Associated Students of UNM Outstanding Senator Award and the ASUNM Exemplary Service Award.
In 2011 Overton was awarded the UNM School of Medicine Combined BA/MD Degree Program Scholarship for Academics. Before her appointment, Overton served as a member of the Combined BA/MD Program Admissions Committee and as Treasurer for the Health Sciences Student Council.
The new regents will join the board immediately.