Panel Examines Gov. Bruce King's Impact on New Mexico

Gov. Bruce King's foresight and dedication to the state he loved were evident is comments made during "Making New Mexico Modern: The Role of Governor Bruce King", a recent panel discussion about his contribution to the state during three terms as governor.

Panelists were: Raymond Sanchez (`67), president of the UNM Board of Regents and former speaker of the state House of Representatives; Paula Tackett ('77), director of Legislative Council Service; William E. Garcia, who served as cabinet secretary of the state Economic Development Department during King's final administration and Larry Gordon, director of the state Environmental Improvement Agency and one of the governor's closest advisers in developing a public environmental policy for New Mexico. David Myers, the UNM Law Library's archivist, moderated the discussion at the library.

The event, held during Reunion Weekend 2009, was the first in a new King Lecture Series, which will look at his wide-sweeping contribution to the shaping of modern New Mexico.

Gov. King has donated his personal papers to the UNM School of Law to establish an archive for the use of researchers interested in public policy and New Mexico governmental issues and history.