Baseball Director, Sacramento Lawyer, Appointed to Pacific’s Board of Regents
The University of the Pacific Board of Regents has added two new members. Armando Flores, director of Community Relations and Administration for the Arizona State Baseball Program, and Noël Ferris, a partner in the Sacramento law firm of Noël M. Ferris, are both Pacific graduates. Flores graduated from Pacific's Stockton campus in 1971, while Ferris graduated from Pacific McGeorge in Sacramento in 1979.
Both were elected during the spring 2011 Regents meeting, held in Sacramento April 20 -22. They will join the board July 1 along with Fawzi Al-Saleh and Kevin Huber, who were elected in January.
"Both Armando and Noël are great additions to the Regents and will bring unique and valuable perspectives to Pacific's governing board," said Tom Zuckerman, chair of the Board of Regents. "Besides being graduates, both have been active in the Pacific community and are familiar with some of the challenges facing Pacific, as well as its many strengths."
Before joining the staff at Arizona State, Flores spent nearly 18 years with Arizona Public Service Company, which provides power to homes and businesses in much of the state. He retired in March, 2008 as executive vice president of corporate business services. Before joining APS, he worked for Levi Strauss & Company, AmFac Distribution Company, Boise Cascade Corporation and Aerojet General Corporation.
Outside of his professional life, Flores serves on the board of directors for the Children's Action Alliance and also serves as a trustee for Blood Systems, Inc., a non-profit organization that runs blood banks in 20 states. He has served on numerous volunteer boards for Arizona State University and also has served on more than a dozen civic organizations in Arizona, including the Phoenix Art Museum board, the Governor's Council on Diversity, and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he served as chair of the BCS Fiesta Bowl Board in 2005-2006.
In 2002, Flores received the Pacific Alumni Association's Public Service Award for his commitment to the underprivileged in Arizona. He currently is vice president of Pacific's Alumni Association Board.
A Sacramento native, Ferris has been practicing law in her home town since graduation from Pacific McGeorge in 1979. She began trying and winning cases in her first year of practice, crediting her training at Pacific McGeorge where she competed at the national level on the Trial Advocacy Team. In 1990 she opened her own office specializing in the representation of clients who have suffered serious personal injuries.
Ferris has been recognized for her legal abilities on a local and national level. In 2001 she was the first Sacramento area lawyer to be inducted as a fellow into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL). This group is limited to 500 lawyers in the United States and is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rule of law internationally. She serves on the Board of Directors and has recently been elected as a trustee of the IATL Foundation. She has been recognized by her peers and the judiciary and has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates, the International Society of Barristers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. She has been listed as a "Super Lawyer" of Northern California since 2005 and is listed in "Best Lawyers of America." Martindale-Hubble has awarded her the highest rating for ethics and ability and has placed her on their list of Preeminent Women Lawyers.
Outside of her professional life, Ferris has served on the Pacific McGeorge Dean's Council and Pacific McGeorge Alumni Board. She has volunteered her time to judge or coach teams for legal competitions at Pacific McGeorge. In 2002 she coached a McGeorge team that placed second in the Association of Trial Lawyers of America regional mock trial competition.
Both Ferris and Flores will join the board at the same time as Huber and Al-Saleh, who previously had been elected to the board this year. Information about those members can be found online at http://www.pacific.edu/General-Information/News/Pacific-News/March-2011/New-Regents-Named-to-the-Board.html.
The University of the Pacific Board of Regents is entrusted with final responsibility for the quality and integrity of the education provided by the University. It selects the President, approves the mission of the University, and ensures provision of adequate resources to support the University. In addition, the Board protects the University from external pressures antithetical to academic freedom and to University autonomy or integrity.