Ernest Calderón

Ernest Calderón
Northern Arizona University


‘79 BS, Northern Arizona University

‘82 JD, University of Arizona 

'13 HON, Northern Arizona University


 Regent Calderón, a native of Morenci, Arizona, is President Emeritus of the Arizona Board of Regents with educational responsibility over the 129,000 students at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona.  He has practiced law in Arizona for 28 years and is the 1977 Harry S Truman Scholar, representing the State of Arizona.

Regent Calderón is currently a partner with Ridenour, Hienton & Lewis in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to entering private practice, he served as the Director of Legal Affairs for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona, practiced as a litigation attorney for the Arizona Public Service Company, and served as law clerk to Senior U.S. District Judge Walter E. Craig (a former Board Member of the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation). 

Calderón is a former President of the State Bar of Arizona (the first Hispanic to be elected to that position), a past chair of the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Community Foundation, a member of the scholarly American Law Institute, a Martindale-Hubbell “AV Preeminent” rated attorney and the Hispanic National Bar Association 2002 Latino Lawyer of the Year.  He is former president of the Grand Canyon Council Boy Scouts of America, was selected as the greater Phoenix  2004 “Man of the Year” and he actively serves on the boards of several civic and community organizations including the American Red Cross, Grand Canyon Chapter.

During his career, Regent Calderón has been appointed by six Arizona Governors to various boards and committees and he most recently served on both Governors Janet Napolitano and Janice Brewer Transition Teams.   He was appointed to the Arizona Board of Regents in 2004 by Governor Janet Napolitano.