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El Paso native Ginger Kerrick named to Texas Tech University System Board of Regents

Daniel Borunda, El Paso Times Published 3:49 p.m. MT March 14, 2019 CLOSE These brave women are here to remind you that you can do anything. Rachael L Thomas, FLORIDA TODAYNo El Pasoans named to University of Texas, Texas A&M boardsEl Paso native Ginger Kerrick has been appointed to the Texas Tech University System Board of…

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Published 3:49 p.m. MT March 14, 2019

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No El Pasoans named to University of Texas, Texas A&M boards

El Paso native Ginger Kerrick has been appointed to the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents. 

Kerrick is the only El Pasoan among appointees that Gov. Greg Abbott named this month to the University of Texas, Texas Tech and Texas A&M university boards of regents.

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Kerrick has worked at NASA for more than 27 years and was the first Hispanic woman flight director at Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Kerrick, who lives in the Houston area, is the flight integration division chief at NASA.

More: Desert View Middle School honors NASA alumna

Kerrick was born and raised in El Paso. She graduated from Hanks High School in 1987, attended the University of Texas at El Paso and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Texas Tech.

She was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 2016.

Congratulations to our very own Ginger Kerrick (’91/’93 Physics) on being appointed to the Texas Tech Board of Regents by Governor Greg Abbott. Kerrick is the Flight Integration Division Chief for NASA and is a 2016 A&S Distinguished Alumni recipient. pic.twitter.com/ZXJS3vat3c

— TTU Arts & Sciences (@TTUArtsSciences) March 6, 2019

The two other Texas Tech regent appointees are Mark Griffin and Dusty Womble, both of Lubbock, a news release stated.

Griffin is general counsel of Rip Griffin Truck Services Center and president of Pro Petroleum. Womble manages several businesses and real estate holdings.

Appointees must be confirmed by the state Senate. Regents serve six-year terms.

The regent appointees will replace El Paso banker Rick Francis, John Esparza of Austin and Tim Lancaster of Abilene, whose terms expired in January.

The Texas Tech system includes the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.

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The University of Texas System Board of Regents will be without a representative from El Paso, when businessman Paul Foster ends his term.

Foster’s term expired in February, but he will continue to serve until the new appointees are confirmed by the state Senate.

The University of Texas System includes the University of Texas at El Paso.

More: Heather Wilson visits UTEP to sell herself as the school’s next president, draws protest

The four new Board of Regents appointees are Dr. Nolan Perez of Harlingen, CEO of Gastroenterology Consultants of South Texas; attorney Christina Melton Crain of Dallas; Transwestern business development director Jodie Lee Jiles of Houston; and Kelcy Warren of Dallas, chairman and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners.

Perez was appointed to a term ending in February 2021. The three others were appointed to terms ending in 2025.

Texas A&M

The three appointees to the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents are Jay Graham of Houston, chairman and CEO of Spur Energy Partners; Mike Hernandez of Fort Worth, owner of D&M Leasing; and Michael J. Plank of Houston, chairman and CEO of The Plank Cos.

Daniel Borunda may be reached at 546-6102; dborunda@elpasotimes.com; @BorundaDaniel on Twitter.

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Car accident kills three, including an El Paso man, Sunday in New Mexico

Sun-News report Published 9:00 a.m. MT March 26, 2019 | Updated 9:01 a.m. MT March 26, 2019CLOSE Do you know what to do if you’re in an accident? WochitHIDALGO COUNTY — A fiery crash along Interstate 10 in western New Mexico claimed three lives, including an El Paso man.New Mexico State Police responded to the fatal…

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HIDALGO COUNTY — A fiery crash along Interstate 10 in western New Mexico claimed three lives, including an El Paso man.

New Mexico State Police responded to the fatal head-on collision at mile marker 19, near Lordsburg, about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24.

Police said a 2015 Freightliner semi-truck was traveling east on Interstate 10, when, for unknown reasons, it crossed the center median and hit a west-bound 2013 Kenworth semi-truck head on. The Freightliner’s trailer hit a 1999 Dodge pickup that was also traveling west. Both semi-trucks caught on fire.

Three people died in the crash: Sean White, 50, of West Covina, California, was the driver of the Freightliner; Jose Apodaca, 47, of El Paso, was the driver of the Kenworth; and Susan Rojo, 47, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, was a passenger in the Dodge.

A 51-year-old male driving the Dodge and a 13-year-old female passenger in the pickup, both believed to be from Arizona, were transported to an area hospital with critical injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor and seat belt use has not been determined. Police are continuing to investigate.

More: A train hit a pedestrian in an El Paso crash Tuesday morning

More: Car accident kills 11-year-old boy Sunday in East El Paso

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Beto campaign manager was aide to Barack Obama in 2012, signals shift in O'Rourke strategy

John C Moritz, El Paso Times Published 6:03 p.m. MT March 25, 2019 | Updated 7:37 a.m. MT March 26, 2019CLOSE Linguist Roberto Perezdiaz sheds light on the pronunciation and mispronunciation of the nickname ‘Beto.’ Mark R Lambie, El Paso TimesThe move signals the former El Paso congressman is willing to invest in top political…

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Published 6:03 p.m. MT March 25, 2019 | Updated 7:37 a.m. MT March 26, 2019

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The move signals the former El Paso congressman is willing to invest in top political talent as he seeks to emerge from a crowded field of Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination.

A former top strategist for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election effort is joining Texan Beto O’Rourke as a campaign manager for his 2020 presidential bid.

The addition of Jen O’Malley Dillon gives O’Rourke a seasoned, high-level operative as he attempts to distinguish himself in a crowded field of candidates seeking to challenge President Donald Trump next year.

“We’re exited that Jen O’Malley Dillon has joined our team,” O’Rourke said Monday in text message forwarded by his campaign. “Her leadership and creativity will be a great addition to a campaign that is already doing so much to bring people together to overcome the greatest set of challenges this country has ever faced.”

I’m so excited to join the @betoorourke team and get to work building a campaign that will lift people up and unite them to meet our challenges, and that will show up everywhere and listen to & value every voice.

— Jen O’Malley Dillon (@jomalleydillon) March 25, 2019

O’Malley Dillon was Obama’s deputy campaign manager. She said in a series of tweets that as a mother of two she wants to make a better world for her children. Her hiring was first reported by the New York Times.

“I’m so excited to join the @betoorourke team and get to work building a campaign that will lift people up and unite them to meet our challenges, and that will show up everywhere and listen to & value every voice,” she said in one of the tweets.

MORE: Beto O’Rourke campaign announces location for El Paso rally

She added, “and not gonna lie, pretty excited for our kids to get a chance to live in El Paso, where” her husband grew up.

Her husband, Patrick Dillon, was the deputy director of political affairs and special assistant to Obama.

O’Malley Dillon is a co-founder of the political communications firm, Precision Strategies, which worked for Obama in 2012 and also represents the John F. Kennedy Library and Foundation, according to its website.

Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston, said the hiring of O’Malley Dillon is a signal O’Rourke recognizes that he cannot run his presidential bid with the same seat-of-the pants style that became a trademark in his narrow loss to U.S.Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas last year.

“Getting someone who knows what it takes to win, especially an old Obama hand, is huge,” Rottinghaus said. “Going from a U.S. Senate campaign to a presidential campaign is like going from the minor leagues to the major leagues. This says Beto knows he needs top talent.”

MORE: Beto fundraising record: $6.1 million from donors is an ‘important number’ for O’Rourke

O’Rourke, a former three-term congressman, gave up a safe Democratic seat representing El Paso to challenge Cruz. He entered the presidential race March 14 and immediately hit the road to campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire and other early primary and caucus states on next year’s political calendar.

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Days after saying he would join the presidential race, O’Rourke said he had raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours after his formal announcement — the biggest first-day haul of any of the announced Democrats. He edged Bernie Sanders’ $5.9 million, raised from 223,000 individual donors. The O’Rourke campaign said later that it received 128,000 unique contributions.

O’Rourke plans what he’s calling a “launch” on Saturday with a morning rally in El Paso to be followed by two more home-state rallies — one in Houston that afternoon and a nighttime event in Austin, a block from the Texas Capitol.

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A train hit a pedestrian in an El Paso crash Tuesday morning

Aaron Martinez, El Paso Times Published 7:32 a.m. MT March 26, 2019 CLOSE If you know the man who on March 12 walked into the Walgreens at the Fountains at Farah and stole more than $600, you could earn a reward. Courtesy Crime Stoppers of El Paso, El Paso TimesA pedestrian was struck by a…

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A pedestrian was struck by a train early Tuesday morning in the Upper Valley, officials said.

The incident happened at Spur 16 and Doniphan Drive near Canutillo High School, El Paso Police Department officials said.

The pedestrian’s current condition and name were not released.

The El Paso Police Department’s Special Traffic Investigations unit is investigating the accident.

No further information has been released.

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Aaron Martinez may be reached at 546-6249; aamartinez@elpasotimes.com; @AMartinez31 on Twitter.

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