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University of New Mexico

1 University Of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico,87131

United States

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The UNM Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in the state. One of just 68 premier NCI-Designated Cancer Centers nationwide, the UNM Cancer Center is recognized for its scienti...more

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Director of Government Relations

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UNM Ok With Lobbyist's Liquor Spending

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Marc Saavedra, the school's top lobbyist, also agreed in the document to undergo treatment and submit to drug and alcohol testing.
In addition, he pleaded guilty to first-offense DWI and was given a deferred sentence and placed on one year's probation by a Metro Court judge. UNM says it has no qualms about Saavedra buying lawmakers and other officials at least $1,500 in alcoholic beverages since his arrest in his mission to create goodwill and build relationships on behalf of the university. He rang up bar tabs both while on probation and afterward, and while prohibited from drinking. Records show the tab for Saavedra and four listed guests at one gathering at the Q Bar in Albuquerque was $233.31. Refreshments for the four-hour period in November 2007 included 12 Grey Goose vodkas, two Ketel Citron vodkas, four Patron Silver tequilas, three Corona beers and five Stella Artois beers. A UNM spokeswoman cautioned that there could have been people present who weren't listed on the receipt. The UNM spokeswoman said Saavedra's actions are consistent with others who do similar work. She also said the "Last Chance Agreement" has been modified, but said the no-drinking provision is in effect. Records provided to the Journal also show: Days after his arrest, Saavedra was conducting university business at a cantina in Taos. He was on unpaid leave at the time and under court order to stay out of liquor establishments, although his lawyer says that prohibition didn't apply because Saavedra was working and the cantina served food. Two dozen receipts Saavedra was reimbursed for weren't itemized, making it impossible to know how much alcohol, if any, was served. University accountants questioned the lack of documentation and the length of time it took Saavedra to submit receipts. He repaid one reimbursement last week for a tab run up with a prominent legislator that indicated they were together an hour before Saavedra's arrest. After the Journal asked about it, Saavedra said it was a mistake and the meeting had taken place another time. Saavedra declined requests for an interview but issued a written statement Friday. "I am a professional and take my job very seriously," Saavedra stated. "After doing everything in my power to accept immediate responsibility for my actions in 2006, including self-imposed sanctions and UNM- and court-imposed sanctions, I have been able to contribute significantly to the success of UNM without any incidents that would suggest anything but professional behavior." Saavedra noted that the $1,500 in alcohol expenses "is a cumulative amount, spanning a nearly 2 year period." Saavedra didn't address the issue in his statement. 'Last Chance' Saavedra has worked for UNM since June 2006. He makes $134,700, having received a nearly 50 percent raise last year. The aggravated DWI arrest came less than three months after UNM hired him. Saavedra quickly pleaded guilty to a lesser DWI first-offense charge and was ordered, among other things, not to possess or consume alcohol for one year. The judge also ordered him to follow all conditions of his "Last Chance Agreement. His plea marked the second time in 10 years that he had been convicted of drunken driving. In a Sept. 14, 2006, letter filed in his most recent DWI case, Saavedra acknowledged he had a problem with alcohol. "I have stressed that I am willing to, at a minimum, take part in an intense out-patient treatment program for as long as it takes to maintain sobriety," Saavedra wrote. DWI arrest Reimbursement records state that, the night of his arrest, Saavedra met with Rep. After the Journal asked to examine the original receipt, Saavedra reimbursed UNM for it. In a memo to the university controller, Saavedra said that his meeting at Yanni's with Park was on a different day and that he mistakenly submitted the wrong receipt. After being pulled over, Saavedra told police he hadn't been drinking but failed field sobriety tests. He refused to submit to a breath test and was booked into the Metropolitan County Detention Center. When he walked out of jail at 4:38 a.m. on Aug. 31, 2006, Saavedra was under a court order to stay out of liquor establishments, a common restriction for someone released on bond after a drunken driving arrest and in effect until his court appearance. Five days later, Saavedra was meeting with state lawmakers and others on university business at the Alley Cantina in Taos, which bills itself as "not only a regular watering hole for locals, but ... Saavedra traveled there Sept. 4 to meet with the executive director of UNM's Taos branch. His Alley Cantina lunch meeting with lawmakers and others was the next day. No itemized receipt was submitted for the $79.60 bill. The next week, while still on leave, Saavedra had a morning meeting with a legislator at the Frontier Restaurant. Personnel action forms show Saavedra went on voluntary unpaid leave Aug. 31, the day after his arrest. The unpaid leave ended Sept. 14, when he pleaded guilty. Some alcohol purchases for which Saavedra was reimbursed included drinks served with meals. Others took place during meetings that lasted late into the night. Several receipts paint a picture of free-flowing beer, vodka and assorted other liquor, courtesy of Saavedra's credit card and, ultimately, the state's flagship university. Take Saavedra's $233.31 tab at the Q Bar on Nov. 23, 2007- at which point he would have completed his one-year probation. Receipts show the evening began at 8:25 and the tab was paid at 12:20. Saavedra stated that his guests were Beverlee McClure, director of the Association of Commerce & Industry (ACI) and former higher education secretary; Paul Gutierrez, executive director of the Association of Counties; Morris "Mo" Chavez, the state insurance superintendent; and a state personnel office employee. Saavedra reported that they discussed ACI's agenda, uncompensated health care and government relations compensation. Chavez said Saavedra was entertaining dozens of people that night. On Dec. 28, 2007, Saavedra met with Association of Counties staff at O'Niell's Pub in Albuquerque to discuss UNM policy issues. Saavedra didn't always follow the requirement for itemized receipts. In the records examined by the Journal, Saavedra submitted 24 unitemized receipts that totaled more than $1,600. The receipts came from a variety of places, including several bars like The Library in Albuquerque. Documentation submitted by Saavedra on The Library bill shows he met with Rep. UNM also paid Saavedra nearly $200 for mileage for three trips to Santa Fe and a fourth to Taos during the period that Motor Vehicle Division records show his driver's license was revoked. "Mr. Saavedra's car had been impounded by the city and was not available through October," McKinsey said. "However, the university does not serve alcohol to Mr. Saavedra," she said. "He does not drive a university vehicle, and he continues to drive with an interlock device. He has submitted to random testing and has undergone counseling." Saavedra Response These are excerpts from a statement issued by Marc Saavedra: "UNM has been authorized by Mr. Saavedra to confirm the following: he voluntarily underwent random alcohol and drug testing for one year along with a year of counseling. All counseling session status reports were given to a UNMH doctor every month for verification. He also placed himself on voluntary unpaid leave. This demonstrates his commitment to dealing with his mistakes. He has worked very hard to get his life back on track and the University has been working closely with him. His work performance over the past two years has been exemplary." "You are focusing on Mr. Saavedra, but he is doing the same job in the same way as others performing government relations duties at public institutions. While entertaining, he is conducting business and advancing the work of the university ..." "Focusing on alcohol receipts offers a very narrow look at the role of government relations and does a disservice to the staff that work hard year-round to build and maintain relationships ..." "In response to your question about potential liability, please know that the University fully understands and appreciates the seriousness of its liability when it comes to the behavior of its employees. However, the University does not serve alcohol to Mr. Saavedra.

Higher Education receives bill | The Daily Lobo

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Budget approval has helped ensure that all budgets were submitted to the Department of Financial Administration by the June 1 deadline, said Executive Director for the Council of University Presidents Marc H. Saavedra.
"Revenue projections are showing a two percent growth right now," Saavedra said. "I think those developments somewhat help the legislature and the governor to restore the funding...We're also very thankful for the work the governor and the legislature did during the special session to get this done. Now we officially have a budget, so that helps with some of the instability and helps put us in the right direction of stabilizing things." However, while the funding has been restored, it still resulted in a one percent cut to higher education, he said. "From our position, this should be the last time we have to cut higher education," Saavedra said. "We just can't continue to receive cut(s) year after year, because that continues to create instability as well, and it's hard to plan that way. We'll work with the one percent; we just don't want any cuts going further." Saavedra said he would like to work with the legislature and the governor on finding ways to give additional funding to also find ways to improve a number of areas in terms of degrees awarded and graduation rates. "We would like to work with legislation and the governor to start to let people not only in New Mexico but in the country, realize what a great higher education and what great schools we have, like the University of New Mexico," he said. Saavedra said students should be aware that on June 1, they will know how much funding will be available for the lottery scholarship, as the liquor excise tax money will expire June 30, and the percentage of the tax money students receive in the form of scholarships will be changing. He gives UNM's Interium President Chaouki Abdallah and other university higher-ups credit for helping assure higher education for this year. "Hopefully (students) realize there's a lot of people going to bat for them," Saavedra said.

Top DUI News for the Week of July 21st - July 27th in the year Two Thousand and Fourteen

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Top UNM lobbyist arrested for third DWI KOB 4 Albuquerque Jul 25 05:59pm Marc Saavedra, the top lobbyist for the University of New Mexico, is on administrative leave after he was arrested on DWI charges.
He has two previous DWI convictions. Marc Saavedra, the top lobbyist for the University of New Mexico, is on administrative leave after he was arrested on DWI charges. He has two previous DWI convictions. Dwi -iiroc - News Images Officer hit by DWI suspect heads back to work - KOAT - Albuquerque Videos via Yahoo! News UNM lobbyist put on leave after DWI charge Albuquerque Journal Jul 25 11:11pm Marc Saavedra has two previous DWI convictions Marc Saavedra, the son of retired powerful longtime stat... Phelps man faces DWI charges after allegedly flipping car, striking hydrant


Saturday, July 26th, 2014 Top UNM lobbyist arrested for third DWI KOB 4 Albuquerque Jul 25 05:59pm Marc Saavedra, the top lobbyist for the University of New Mexico, is on administrative leave after he was arrested on DWI charges.
He has two previous DWI convictions.


Marc Saavedra, the University of New Mexico's chief lobbyist who last week was arrested for drunk driving for the third time, has submitted his resignation from his high-profile job.
Saavedra had been under pressure from the university to quit, and his departure is not entirely unexpected. He has been on administrative leave from UNM following his arrest July 23. The resignation is effective Aug. 8. Officials at the university expressed mixed feelings over Saavedra's departure. On the one hand, they noted a sense of sadness about his drinking problem and related behavior; on the other, they said, during his years as the top lobbyist, he was remarkably effective as the university's liaison with state government and the Legislature. "We'd like to thank Marc for his service and we regret the circumstances that led to this decision," said Executive Vice President for Administration David Harris following a meeting with Saavedra shortly before he resigned late Thursday. "We are pleased that he is taking responsibility and the opportunity to deal with the issues that created this situation." A brief statement released by the university on Friday said that during that meeting,"Harris indicated that it would be best for all parties if Saavedra were to resign, to which Saavedra agreed." Saavedra's annual salary at UNM, where he directed the Office of Government and Community Affairs, is $155,980. On Friday, Harris said Saavedra was an astute lobbyist in representing UNM in Santa Fe, particularly as it relates to funding for the university. "We need someone like Marc on top of that," Harris said. "His principal strength was dealing with state government and the state Legislature. Marc was extremely articulate in representing (UNM's focus on) performance related issues. Jamie Koch, a long-time member of the UNM Board of Regents, on Friday said Saavedra knows more about state financing and the way the Legislature works "than anybody I know." The couple were identified as Saavedra and Marsella Duarte. In the DWI case, an officer pulled Saavedra over at 10:15 p.m. last Wednesday after he drove through a red light on 14th and Central, according to the criminal complaint. Saavedra told the officer he had one glass of wine and repeated several times that he was almost home, according to the complaint. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. He also failed a blood alcohol test, though the complaint doesn't state what his BAC was. The presumed level of intoxication is .08 percent. In a short phone interview on Monday, Saavedra acknowledged being charged with DWI for the third time and said he had retained Rasheed & Associates to represent him. As far as his job is concerned, he said his intent "is to do what I can to improve and advance the university. That's my goal." The arrest, he said, "could be a good thing in general," in response to a question about whether he feels he has a drinking problem. "In the long run, it could be better, an opportunity to do good things with my life. I know it'll be a tough road ahead, but I will do whatever I can to become a better person." Saavedra, 42, said he has been drinking most of his adult life. "It's just something I picked up, a part of life," he said. Saavedra received his first DWI conviction when he was in college. He was arrested again in 2006, shortly after he began working for UNM. He pleaded guilty and signed a "Last Chance Agreement" with the university in which he agreed to undergo treatment and submit to random drug and alcohol testing. He also pledged not to drink alcohol as long as he was employed by the university. A subsequent agreement was issued and signed that stated a reccurrence could result in disciplinary action up to and including termination, a university official said this week. In the 2006 case, Saavedra pleaded guilty and was given a deferred sentence and placed on probation for one year. Although he was initially charged with aggravated DWI, he pleaded guilty to a lesser DWI first-offense charge. He was ordered, among other things, not to possess or consume alcohol for a year.

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