Governor Lujan Grisham Appoints Two to Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents

Governor Lujan Grisham Appoints Two to Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents

Portales, NM – March 13, 2023 – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed Ray Birmingham and Logan O'Brien to the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents.

Ray Birmingham – Ray Birmingham is a highly successful educator, having spent 43 years in New Mexico's public and private learning institutions. As a high school, two-year college, 4-year private and public University employee of New Mexico, Birmingham has brought state and national recognition to each institution he has served.

Birmingham's accomplishments as a baseball coach at Mayfield High School (Las Cruces), the University of the Southwest (Hobbs), New Mexico Junior College (Hobbs), and the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) are nationally acclaimed. Birmingham has won numerous national, regional, state, and conference championships and every institution Birmingham has coached has been ranked amongst the top 25 teams in the country multiple times. He has also coached team USA abroad in Asia, Europe, South America, and Cuba.

Birmingham is a 1973 graduate of Hobbs High School, a 1975 graduate of New Mexico Junior College, a 1978 graduate of New Mexico State University (Bachelor’s in education), and a 1999 graduate of the University of the Southwest (Master’s in education administration).

A devoted New Mexico educator, Birmingham served on numerous boards and committees in communities throughout the state, from Farmington to Hobbs and Albuquerque to Las Cruces. The Albuquerque Journal has labeled Birmingham as one of New Mexico's "Top Ambassadors."

Birmingham has been named a regent for a six-year term through Dec. 31, 2028.

Logan O'Brien – Logan O'Brien, from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, will graduate with their Bachelor's degree from Eastern New Mexico University in May and then begin pursuing a Master's in communication with an emphasis in journalism, public relations, and content.

O’Brien has been a dedicated student leader throughout their educational career, having held various student officer positions in multiple student organizations. O’Brien is the President of Bored Geeks Board Games and ENMU Greyhound Gaming organizations and was Vice President of the Forensic Science Society and the Japanese Animation Research Club, and the Secretary for the ENMU Chemistry Club and ENMU Justice League.

As a leader, O’Brien has played a significant role in organizing various events, including the Annual Trunk or Treat event by the Forensic Science Society and the Annual Charity Live Stream by ENMU Greyhound Gaming. In addition, O’Brien has been part of innovative projects such as the Artificial Intelligence Neural Network Research Group for Student Retention, Virtual Reality Research Group, VR campus integration initiative and the creation of the VR Student Ambassador on Campus Job.

O'Brien has been named as a student regent to a two-year term through Dec. 31, 2024

John Houser
Assistant Vice President Marketing and Communications
Eastern New Mexico University
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