UA Alum Elected to Regents Board Presidency

Ernest Calderón, a member of the Arizona Board of Regents, was elected board president during a regularly scheduled meeting held at the UA last week.
May 4, 2009
Ernest Calderón
Ernest Calderón

Ernest Calderón, a University of Arizona alumnus and Phoenix attorney, has been elected president of the Arizona Board of Regents.

Calderón, a native of Morenci, Ariz., who has been practicing law in Arizona since the 1980s, will begin his presidency on July 1.

The governor appoints Regents, who serve for eight-year terms, to the board, which is responsible for governing the state's public higher education system. Those elected as board presidents serve a one-year term.

Regent Bob McLendon, who chaired the committee responsible for nominating officers, nominated Calderón to serve as president of the Arizona Board of Regents. McLendon also nominated Fred DuVal to serve as vice president, Bob McLendon as secretary and Dennis DeConcini as treasurer for the board.

Calderón, DuVal, McLendon and DeConcini were elected on Thursday during the regular regents meeting, which was held at the UA. Gov. Jan Brewer, an ex-officio member of the board, attended the meeting to speak about issues related to the state budget and tuition at the three state universities, and also to observe the introduction of new board officers.

As president of the board, Calderón is responsible for presiding over board meetings and serving as an ex-officio member of all the board's committees, among other duties.

A release issued this week by his law office, Calderón Law Offices, noted that he intends to continue focusing on "refining higher education to be affordable, accessible and as financially predictable as possible in these challenging economic times."

Calderón earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Northern Arizona University, where he served as the student body president for a one-year term beginning in 1978. He then began his studies at the UA, earning his Juris Doctor degree from the James E. Rogers College of Law in 1982.

He is former president of the State Bar of Arizona, former chairman of the Catholic Community Foundation and was named the Valley Leadership "Man of the Year" in 2004.

Calderón, who was Arizona's first Harry S. Truman Scholar when he received the scholarship in 1977, has served several Arizona governors by appointment. Currently, he serves on the P-20 Council, which was created by former Arizona governor, Janet Napolitano.