Board of Regents Members

Jack L. Fortner - President

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Jack L. Fortner is an attorney in Farmington, New Mexico and the Senior Partner in the Firm of Fortner & Curnutt, LLC. 

Fortner grew up in Farmington, New Mexico and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1978 and obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree.  He then obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Michigan in 1981. 

Regent Fortner was re-appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Susanna Martinez in 2010.  Regent Fortner was first appointed in 1998 by Governor Gary Johnson to a six year term to the UNM Board of Regents for a term of 1998 to 2004.  In 2004, Governor Bill Richardson re-appointed Regent Fortner to the Board of Regents for a term of 2004 to 2010.  Regent Fortner’s current term runs from 2010 to 2016.  Regent Fortner is the only person in New Mexico to ever be appointed to three consecutive terms, and by three Governors to terms on the Board of Regents for UNM.

Jack Fortner served as President of the Board in 2005, and has also served as President for the year 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and was recently elected again to serve as President of the Board from 2014-2015.

Fortner also served as Vice-President of the Board from 2011 to 2004, and again from 2006 to 2010.  From 1998 to 2010, he served as Chairman of the Health Science Committee of the Board of Regents.

President Fortner also chaired the very successful Search Committee for the UNM Presidential Search of 2012 which resulted in the hiring of the now President of UNM, Dr. Bob Frank.  Fortner was also a member of the Search Committee for the UNM Athletic Director in 2007 which hired Paul Krebs, and he was also a member of the Search Committee for the UNM Football Coach in 2012 which resulted in the hiring of Bob Davy.

Jack Fortner was recently elected to County Commissioner in San Juan County, in November of 2011 for a term beginning 2012 through 2016.  Currently, Fortner serves as Chairman Pro Tem. 

He previously served on the San Juan County Commission from 1996 to 2000 and from 2000 to 2004.  He served as Chairman of the Commission in 1997, in 2000 and also in 2003.  He also served as Chairman Pro Tem in 1999 and 2002.

Fortner served as Chairman of the Labor Management Relations Board for the City of Farmington from 1995 to 1998, which decided disputes between employees and management.

Fortner also served on the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board from 1994 to 1996.

Fortner is a member of the New Mexico Bar and San Juan County Bar Association and served as President of the San Juan County Bar for the term of 1994 to 1995.

Fortner has also served as the Domestic Relations Hearing Officer for the Eleventh Judicial District Court, San Juan County, New Mexico from February 2003 to July of 2003 and has served as the Alternate Domestic Violence Commissioner from February 2003 through 2010.  He also served as the Alternate Farmington Municipal Judge from 1994 to 2009.

Term ends: 12/20/2016.

Boards and Committees

  • Operations Committee
  • Lobo Development Corporation, Vice Chair
  • Sandia Foundation
  • BOR Policy Ad Hoc Committee
  • UNM Foundation
  • Honorary Degree Committee, ex officio

Conrad D. James - Vice President

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Conrad D. James is a member of the technical staff 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’s 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. James was appointed by the Governor in January 2013. Term ends 12/31/2018.

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Lieutenant General Bradley C. Hosmer, USAF (Ret.) - Secretary, Treasury

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Lieutenant General Bradley C. Hosmer chairs the Board of Directors of the Armed Forces Services Corporation. Since retiring from the Air Force in 1994 he has also advised the Department of Defense and industry on long range and strategic planning, and chaired or manned public and private special advisory councils.

On active duty, Hosmer was Superintendent of the Air Force Academy, President of the National Defense University, the Inspector General of the Air Force, a senior member of the Joint Staff (of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), commanded two fighter wings and an Air Division. He has a bachelor of science from the Air Force Academy and a Master of Arts degree from Oxford University. Hosmer was appointed to the Board of Regents in March 2011.

Term ends 12/20/2016.

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James H. Koch

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James H. Koch is president of Daniels Insurance in Santa Fe. A former legislator, Koch was the original author of the Inspection of Records Act, the New Mexico equivalent of the national Freedom of Information Act that protects the rights of all people to access public information and records. Koch has continued to remain active at the highest levels of New Mexico, serving as state chair of the Democratic Party in 2002 and as a key advisor to current and former Governors for four decades. He received his bachelor's degree in education from UNM in 1959. He was appointed to the board in January 2003.

Term ends: 12/31/2014.

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J.E. (Gene) Gallegos

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J.E. (Gene) Gallegos is President of the Gallegos Law Firm, P.C. He has achieved widespread recognition for his experience in commercial and antitrust litigation, with particular emphasis on complex natural gas matters. He is recognized by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in the area of Natural Resources - Oil and Gas Law. Mr. Gallegos is also President of Pro NM Energy Inc., a small independent oil and gas producing company which focuses its business in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico.

Mr. Gallegos received two degrees from the University of New Mexico: a B.A. in government and psychology in 1956 and a J.D. in 1960. He entered the private practice of law in 1963, after service as an Assistant United States Attorney and assistant Attorney General of New Mexico. He was a senior shareholder in the Santa Fe law firm of Jones, Gallegos, Snead & Wertheim since the firm became a professional corporation in 1975. He left that firm in the spring of 1987 and started the Gallegos Law Firm. Regent Gallegos' appointment began April 2009.

Term ends: 12/31/2014.

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Suzanne Quillen

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Suzanne Quillen is the CEO of the Advanced Care Hospital of Southern New Mexico.

Quillen is a Registered Nurse, as well as a Certified Nurse Practitioner with more than 26 years of experience in healthcare management. She also holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from New Mexico State University. Her background includes experience in both private and public healthcare sectors. She began her nursing career at the University of New Mexico Hospital and after obtaining her Nurse Practitioner Certification from the University of Colorado, she returned to UNMH as a Nurse Educator. Throughout her career, she has served in several 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, New Mexico. She has served on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Hospital Association, Memorial Medical Center Healthcare Foundation, The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico and The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce. 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. Suzanne is an active member of the Las Cruces community where she has resided for more than 15 years. Term ends 12/31/2018.

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Heidi N. Overton - Student Regent

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Heidi N. Overton is a third year medical student at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.  Overton 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. Upon entering medical school 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 the Treasurer for the Health Sciences Student Council. She 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 Associated Students of UNM Exemplary Service Award. Overton graduated from Gallup High School as the class valedictorian in 2007. Term ends 12/31/2014.

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