“We were notified that Jennifer Riordan was tragically killed today as a result of the emergency situation on a Southwest Airlines flight. Jennifer had previously been a member of The University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center family, working in marketing. Her service continued as part of the UNM family, serving on the Alumni Association Board.

"Jennifer was an amazing community leader, team member, wife and mother. Her passion for our community, our students and our future was unwavering. We are committed to carrying on her work to ensure quality education and career opportunities to New Mexico’s youth. Our thoughts and prayers remain with her family during this difficult time. She will be forever missed by her Lobo family.”