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Pena to speak at annual Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast

Federico Pena, former U.S. secretary of transportation and energy, will be the featured speaker at the 4th Annual Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in New Mexico State University's Corbett Center Ballrooms.



Federico Pena, former U.S. secretary of transportation and energy, will be the featured speaker at the 4th Annual Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast at New Mexico State University. (Courtesy photo)

Pena earned his law degree from the University of Texas in 1972. He worked for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund before being elected to Colorado's House of Representatives in 1979.

In 1983, he became the first Hispanic mayor of Denver. During his two terms as mayor, the city gained a major league baseball team, a new airport, a convention center and numerous parks and public buildings.

Pena became U.S. secretary of transportation in 1993. In that post he worked to increase the global competitiveness of America's transportation industry and improve travel safety. He implemented the first international aviation policy for the United States since the Carter administration.

Pena became U.S. secretary of energy in 1997. In that post he developed the administration's Comprehensive National Energy Strategy and oversaw the largest privatization in the history of the U.S. government.

In 1998, Pena returned to private business at Vestar Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm. He is now managing director of the firm.

The Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast is part of Homecoming 2004 festivities. A limited number of tickets are on sale in the Office of the Assistant to the President in Hadley Hall Room 120. Tickets, which are $20, will not be sold at the door.

The proceeds from the Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast support scholarships for Hispanic student leaders at NMSU. Villanueva matches the funds raised at the breakfast for the scholarship fund.

Villanueva, an NMSU alumnus, is co-founder of the Univision and Telemundo networks and a former Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys football player. He serves on the NMSU Foundation Board and is chief executive officer of Bastion Capital in Los Angeles.

Campus visitors who would like to attend the events can obtain visitor parking permits at http://www.campusvisitor.com. Visitors must pay meters if parked in the metered parking area in Lot 17N west of Corbett Center.

For more information contact Christina Chavez Kelley, assistant to the president, at (505) 646-1729 or Laura Gutierrez Spencer, Chicano Programs director, at (505) 646-4206.