University of New Mexico student Ryan Berryman has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to replace Student Regent Heidi Overton, whose term expired.

“My passion for this university was a lifetime in the making," Berryman said. "I am the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college.”

Berryman, a native of Sandia Park, N.M., graduated this past May with Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Operations Management. He completed his undergraduate studies with a 3.96 cumulative GPA with a summa cum laude designation from the UNM Honors College.

Additionally, Berryman was a research and creative member on an Anderson School of Management marketing team that competed and took top honors in the Credit Karma Campus Challenge sponsored by Edventure Partners and Credit Karma.

He begins his studies toward a Master of Business Administration this fall.

Berryman has been actively involved in UNM athletics throughout his undergraduate career and is the head manager for the UNM men's basketball program. He has also been a camp instructor for head men's basketball coach Craig Neal and former Lobo standout Tony Snell.

He also served a marketing and business development internship with REA Real Estate Advisors.

“Guided by the UNM2020 plan, I think the regents have an obligation to think long term for the sustained health of the university," Berryman said. “Just because I value athletics doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate the many other key aspects of this university. I bring a broad spectrum of campus experience to this position.”

Berryman's recess appointment officially began June 9, 2015 and expires at adjournment of the next regular session of the New Mexico State Legislature.