Lattie F. Coor, Ph.D
Dr. Coor is a highly regarded Arizona statesman and esteemed president emeritus of Arizona State University (1990-2002) and the University of Vermont (1976-1989). As president of ASU, Dr. Coor elevated the university’s status as a major research institution with high-quality academics and a diverse student body.
Dr. Coor, who is chairman and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona, founded the independent nonprofit organization in 2002. Its mission is to create an Arizona in which there are opportunities and quality of life for all citizens, now and in the future. Under his direction, the center has focused upon collaborative initiatives such as creating a unified state vision and action plan, and implementing the Beat the Odds research findings in Arizona K-12 schools. He is also the Ernest W. McFarland Arizona Heritage Chair in Leadership and Public Policy and a professor of public affairs at Arizona State University.
José A. Cárdenas
José A. Cárdenas is senior vice president and general counsel of Arizona State University. Previously, he was chairman of the law firm of Lewis and Roca LLP. He practiced in the areas of commercial and civil litigation and transactional/international law.
Cárdenas is a member of the Maricopa County, Arizona and American Bar Associations, as well as the American Law Institute and the Hispanic National Bar Association. Cárdenas has been a member of Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association for the last 25 years, having served on its board for several years and as president for three years.
He has been appointed to various committees, commissions, task forces and boards by the Board of Regents, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Arizona State Bar and Governors Mofford, Symington, Hull and Napolitano, including his current service as a member of the Commerce and Economic Development Commission. He is also a board member of Chicanos Por La Causa and Xicanindio Artes, Inc. He has been named chairman of the inaugural board of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Cárdenas is a graduate of Stanford Law School.
For more than 25 years, Mr. Dean has worked on the staff of the Urban League to help African-Americans, other minorities and the disadvantaged achieve social and economic equality in their communities. His efforts, which have brought national recognition, focus upon education, training, job placement and economic development opportunities.
Since 1992, Mr. Dean has served as president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Urban League. He also serves on the board of St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau, Phoenix Community Development and Investment Corporation, Wells Fargo and the Phoenix School of Law. He is a member of the Arizona State University President’s Minority Advisory Council, the KAET-TV Community Advisory Board and University Public Schools Inc.
Paul J. Luna
As president and CEO of Helios Education Foundation, Mr. Luna brings vision and dedication to changing lives and strengthening Arizona communities by creating opportunities for individuals to attend and succeed in postsecondary education.
Previously, he served as president of Valley of the Sun United Way where he managed the organization’s more than $50 million budget to meet the growing health and human service needs of Maricopa County, Arizona. Under his leadership, Valley of the Sun United Way was consistently recognized as a leader across the United Way system with model early childhood education, youth workforce development and domestic violence intervention community initiatives. He also serves on the Arizona Early Childhood Development & Health Board, and the Governor’s P-20 Education Council.
Chief Justice Ruth McGregor served on the Arizona Supreme Court from February 1998 until June 30, 2009. She was the Court’s Chief Justice from June 2005 until her retirement. She was also a member of the Arizona Court of Appeals from 1989 until 1998, where she served as Chief Judge from 1995 to 1997. Before her appointment to the bench, Justice McGregor engaged in the private practice of law as a member of the Fennemore Craig law firm in Phoenix, Arizona. She also served as law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor during Justice O’Connor’s first term on the United States Supreme Court.
Justice McGregor received a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, and a Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia.
Justice McGregor has participated extensively in professional activities, particularly those involving legal education and the discipline of lawyers and judges. Among other activities, she has served as an officer and a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Inns of Court Foundation, as an officer and Board member for the National Association of Women Judges, as a board member of the Conference of Chief Justices, and on the Legal Council of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, which is the accrediting body for American law schools.
Bill Post is a retired Chairman of the Board and CEO of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation. Under Bill Post's leadership Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiary, Arizona Public Service (APS), have become leaders in Arizona sustainable business founding Arizona Business Advancing Sustainability with Intel, and focusing on internal sustainable research and operations.
He is also involved with the ASU Foundation, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona, The Greater Phoenix Leadership, The Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, the Nuclear Energy Institute, The Thunderbird School of Global Management, and Translational Genomics Research Institute. In 2007, he was Valley Leadership Man of the Year.