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Brewer nominates SALC's Shoopman to Board of Regents

  • Shoopman, in a photo from SALC.
    Shoopman, in a photo from SALC.

Ron Shoopman, the president of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, was nominated by Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday to the Arizona Board of Regents. The former Air Force brigadier general would succeed Dennis DeConcini, whose ABOR term expired in January.

Shoopman's nomination to an eight-year term on the governing body of Arizona's three public universities must be confirmed by the state Senate.

"Ron has devoted his adult life to serving his community, Arizona and the nation," Brewer said in a news release. "Whether through his military background or his current role as president of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, he has demonstrated great leadership and passion for the issues most critical to the state, including higher education."

Shoopman has headed the group of Tucson-area business leaders since 2004. Before that, he commanded the 162nd Fighter Wing of the Air Force National Guard, based at Tucson International Airport. The 162nd trains F-16 pilots from around the world.

Although a Tucson resident, Shoopman earned his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Technology from Arizona State University. He also was educated at the Air War College and the Air Command and Staff College.

Brewer also named Phoenix lawyer William Ridenour as a regent.

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