Northern Arizona University
BS, Northern Arizona University
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 which oversee educational
responsibility for the 129,000 students at Arizona State University, Northern
Arizona University, and the University of Arizona. He has practiced law
in Arizona for 31years and is the 1977 Harry
S Truman Scholar, the first awardee to represent 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.
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 Cancer Treatment Centers of America's western regional hospital in Phoenix.
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. Ernie is the father of four young adults.