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Former U.S. cabinet member to speak at Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast

Henry Cisneros, former U.S. secretary of housing and urban development, will speak at the Fifth Annual Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast, the first of New Mexico State University's Homecoming 2005 events.

Henry Cisneros, former U.S. secretary of the department of housing and urban development, will speak at the annual Danny Villanueva Scholarship Breakfast at New Mexico State University as part of the 2005 Homecoming events. (Courtesy Photo)

The breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Corbett Center Ballrooms on the third floor of Corbett Center Student Union.

Proceeds from the breakfast support scholarships for Hispanic student leaders at NMSU. Villanueva matches the funds raised at the breakfast for the scholarship fund.

Villanueva is an alumnus of NMSU and is co-founder of the Univision and Telemundo networks. He is 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.

Cisneros holds a Ph.D. in public administration from George Washington University and has been awarded more than 20 honorary doctorates from leading universities. He received his bachelor's in urban and regional planning from Texas A&M University and a master's in public administration from Harvard University.

Cisneros serves as the chairman of City View, a community-building company dedicated to producing workforce homes in the central neighborhoods of America's urban areas. City View works to identify sites, plan neighborhoods, acquire and develop land, finance communities and build homes.

From 1993 to 1997, Cisneros served as the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is credited with initiating the revitalization of many of the nation's public housing developments.

Prior to being appointed to the cabinet, Cisneros had an extensive career in public service. In 1981, Cisneros became the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major U.S. city, San Antonio, Texas. During his term, he helped rebuild the city's economic base and helped spark the creation of jobs through infrastructure and downtown improvements.

In 1984, Cisneros was interviewed by the democratic presidential nominee as a possible candidate for vice president of the United States. In 1986, he was named "Outstanding Mayor" in the nation by City and State Magazine.

Cisneros has served as president of the National League of Cities, chairman of the National Civil League, deputy chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and board member of the Rockefeller Foundation. He is the national chairman of the After-School All-Stars and a member of the board of Countrywide Financial, a Fortune 500 company that is the nation's prime originator of home mortgages.

Tickets for the breakfast will be available through Chicano Programs, Garcia Annex Room 138, for $20 staring Oct. 10. Tickets will not be sold the day of the event. Reservations will not be taken. For more information contact Chicano Programs at (505) 646-4206.