Ernest Calderón

Ernest Calderón named Man of the Year
for 2004

Regent Ernest Calderón, an NAU alumnus, has been named Man of the Year for 2004 by Valley Leadership, whose mission is to serve and strengthen communities by developing individual leadership abilities.

A fifth-generation Arizona native, Calderón has helped oversee the Arizona University system by serving on the Arizona Board of Regents; he is past chairman of the Catholic Community Foundation, and is a member of the American Law Institute and the Hispanic Bar Association. Calderón has been active in numerous other community organizations, including the Arizona Community Foundation, the Community Leadership Association and the Grand Canyon council of the Boy Scouts of America. He also served on Gov. Janet Napolitano's School Readiness Task Force, and has been a part-time volunteer on the NAU faculty.

Calderon told The Arizona Republic, "NAU taught me that 'you can'—it's a very nurturing environment, with a small student-to-faculty ratio. NAU was one of the greatest things ever to happen to me."

Nadine Mathis Basha was named Woman of the Year.

Note: Although The Arizona Republic insert (Thursday, April 14) about Man and Woman of the Year is not available online, the Office of Public Affairs has requested extra copies. Click here for information about Valley Leadership.