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Regent Biographies

Bob McLendon, Chair

Governor Janet Napolitano appointed Robert McLendon to a four-year term on the Arizona Board of Regents in January 2008 to represent rural Arizona.

McLendon is a long time educator, teaching American History and Government for 19 years at Yuma High School and coaching the school’s basketball team. He was an elected member of the Arizona House of Representatives from 1982 to 2000 and served as the House Democratic Leader from 1999 to 2000. Subsequently, McLendon served on the Yuma County Board of Supervisors where he was the Chairman in 2002 and took on the role of President of the Arizona Board of Supervisors in 2004 before retiring from elected office. He currently participates in numerous municipal, academic and civic commissions including the Yuma County Airport Authority.

McLendon has also been inducted into the Arizona Small Schools Hall of Fame and Yuma County Education Foundation Hall of Fame.  He received recognition as the Yuma Union High School Teacher of the Year for grades 7-12 in 1996, and, in 2006, was honored as the Yuma County Citizen of the Year. McLendon has resided in Yuma since 1961. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in American History and Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Arizona State University. He is married to Sandy, has one daughter, Bobbi Jo Coxon, and three grandsons, Andrew, TJ and Robert.

Committees: Academic Affairs, Capital & Project Finance (chm), Public Outreach & Legislative Affairs (chm), Resources, Strategic Planning


LuAnn Leonard, Vice Chair & Secretary

Governor Janet Napolitano appointed LuAnn Leonard to an eight-year term on the Arizona Board of Regents in January 2008. Regent Leonard is the first Native American to be appointed to the Arizona Board of Regents. She currently chairs the Regents’ Award Selection Committees. Leonard is the Executive Director of the Hopi Education Endowment Fund (HEEF), which provides educational opportunities for the Hopi people. Prior to her work with HEEF, Regent Leonard spent more than 22 years working with the Hopi Tribe in positions ranging from Higher Education Counselor, Higher Education Director and Director of Youth Affairs, to serving as an Assistant to the Chairman of the Tribe focusing on health and human service issues.

Leonard participates in several academic and professional organizations such as the Arizona Tri-Universities for Indian Education (ATUIE), Native Americans in Philanthropy and the Arizona Women’s Forum. She graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1983. Regent Leonard resides in Polacca, Arizona; a community in Navajo County on the Hopi Reservation. She is a descendant of the Tohono O’odham Nation and is of the Alwungwa (Deer) Clan from the Village of Sichomovi. Leonard’s husband, Bernard, is an elementary school teacher, and they have two children.

Committees: Academic Affairs, Governance, Resources, Strategic Planning


Mark Killian, Treasurer

Regent Mark Killian was appointed by Governor Brewer in January 2010.  Killian is a longtime Mesa resident and well-respected member of the community.  He is a business owner and the former Director of the Arizona Department of Revenue.  He also served in the Arizona House of Representatives for 14 years.  His leadership positions in the House included Majority Leader, Speaker of the House, and Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and Public Institutions Committee.

Committees: Audit, Capital and Project Finance, Public Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Resources, Strategic Planning


Ernest Calderón

Regent Ernest Calderón, a native of Morenci, Arizona, is the founder of Calderón Law Offices.  He has practiced law in Arizona for over 25 years, focusing on business and government litigation, employment and labor law, administrative law, health care and professional licensing, education law, general business law and alternative dispute resolution.

Regent Calderón formed Calderón Law Offices after serving as a Partner for many years with a large Phoenix, Arizona law firm.  Prior to entering private practice, he served as the Director of Legal Affairs for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona, practiced as a litigation attorney for the Arizona Public Service Company and served as law clerk to Senior U.S. District Judge Walter E. Craig. He is a former President of the State Bar of Arizona, a past chair of the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Community Foundation, a member of the scholarly American Law Institute and is a Martindale-Hubbell “AV Preeminent” rated attorney.  He is former president of the Grand Canyon Council Boy Scouts of America, a past president of Valley Leadership and he actively serves on the boards of several civic and community organizations including the Northern Arizona University Foundation and the American Red Cross, Grand Canyon Chapter.

During his career, Regent Calderόn has been appointed by six Arizona Governors to various boards and committees and he served on both Governor Janet Napolitano and Governor Jan Brewer’s Transition Teams. He was the 2004 Man of the Year for greater Phoenix and was a two term member of the Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointment. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and his law degree from the University of Arizona.  He was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2004.

Committees: Resources (chm), Strategic Planning

Dennis DeConcini

In 2006, Governor Janet Napolitano appointed Dennis DeConcini to the Arizona Board of Regents. He currently chairs the Governance Committee. DeConcini is a former United States Senator who represented Arizona in the Senate from 1977 to 1995. He served on the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Select Intelligence Committee. During his tenure, Senator DeConcini secured millions of dollars in federal research funding for Arizona universities.

Prior to his service in the Senate, DeConcini served as the Pima County Attorney. In 1968, he was a founding partner of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C., one of Southern Arizona's largest law firms with offices in Tucson, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Flagstaff. Today, he continues to practice law and serves on the Boards of the International Center and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

In February 1995, President Bill Clinton appointed DeConcini to the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, where he served until May 1999. His political memoir, “Senator Dennis DeConcini: From the Center of the Aisle,” received a Southwest Book Award in 2008; an award presented in recognition of outstanding literature. Senator DeConcini is an Arizona native and was born in Tucson. He received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Arizona in 1959 and his law degree from The University of Arizona in 1963.

Committees: Academic Affairs, Capital and Project Finance, Governance (chm), Public Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Resources, Strategic Planning


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Anne Mariucci

Anne Mariucci is a private equity investor and is affiliated with Inlign Capital Partners in Phoenix, Hawkeye Partners in Dallas and Glencoe Capital in Chicago.  She formerly served as President of the Del Webb Corporation, a national leader in large-scale community development and homebuilding. Chair Mariucci received her bachelor's from the University of Arizona, where she was also a two-sport athlete. She currently serves as a Director of the Arizona State Retirement System, Scottsdale Healthcare, the ASU Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, and Fresh Start Women's Foundation.  Chair Mariucci was appointed to the Board in 2006 by Governor Janet Napolitano.

Committees: Academic Affairs, Audit, Capital and Project Finance, Governance, Public Outreach and Legislative Affairs, Resources, Strategic Planning

Rick Myers

Governor Jan Brewer appointed Rick Myers to an eight-year term on the Arizona Board of Regents in January 2010. Myers is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Critical Path Institute, a non-profit organization that works with the pharmaceutical industry, patient groups, academia and the Food and Drug Administration to tackle significant issues in drug development. Prior to joining Critical Path Institute, Myers was the general manager of IBM Tucson. He retired from IBM in 2003 after a 25-year career with the company.

Myers is a civic leader in Tucson and across the state. He is a member of the Tucson Airport Authority and co-chaired the Citizens Committee of the Regional Transportation Authority in 2006. He is a current member and past chairman of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council; he chaired the Tucson community-wide United Way campaign in 2001, and is a past board member of the Science Foundation Arizona. In addition, Myers co-developed and taught a graduate course on the management of technology in combined Business, Science and Engineering Colleges at The University of Arizona. He was honored with the Greater Tucson Leadership “Community Leadership Award” in 2004. Myers received his bachelor's of science degree in engineering from the University of Alabama-Huntsville in 1978. His has been married to his wife Judy for 33 years and has two daughters, Julie Charters and Karen Stine, as well as two grandchildren, Kaylie and Thomas.


William Holmes (Student Regent)

William Holmes, an undergraduate economics and political science student at The University of Arizona, has been appointed by Governor Jan Brewer and confirmed by the Arizona Senate to serve on the Arizona Board of Regents. Holmes’ two-year term begins July 1, 2010; his first year will be as a non-voting member. Holmes previously served as the treasurer on the Arizona Students’ Association’s Board of Directors and as a Senator on the University of Arizona’s Faculty Senate. Additionally, he has held the position of Director for the Associated Students of The University of Arizona Appropriations Board.

Committees: Audit

Tyler Bowyer ( Student Regent)

Arizona State University (ASU) Student Tyler Storm Bowyer has been appointed by Governor Jan Brewer as a student regent for the Arizona Board of Regents. Bowyer’s term began July 1, 2011; his first year will be served as a non-voting member.

 Bowyer is an undergraduate student at ASU majoring in Russian in the School of International Letters and Cultures.  He is also seeking a minor in Political Science and a Certificate in Russian and Eastern European Studies.  He currently serves as president of College Republicans at ASU Tempe campus and is an honorary elected member of the Slavic Honors Society.  On track to graduate in May 2012, Bowyer plans to apply to the ASU College of Law.