February 8, 2006

Contact: Sam Giammo, Director, HSC University Communication, 272-3682

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE , NM Dr. Paul Roth, UNM executive vice president for Health Sciences, announced today that Billy Sparks has been appointed to be executive director of communications and marketing for the Health Sciences Center . Sparks will officially start on February 9.

Sparks , who spent the past year and a half as deputy chief of staff for Governor Bill Richardson, will provide communication advice and support to Roth and other HSC senior leaders. In addition, Sparks will work closely with the current UNM and HSC communication team members to develop new ways to tell the UNM story.

"Billy Sparks is a great addition to our team," said Roth. "He brings experiences that will benefit the Health Sciences Center at a time when our mission is growing and we are implementing the recommendations that came out of our recent Health Care Summit."

Prior to his deputy chief of staff position with Richardson , Sparks was the governor's director of communications. He also has served as director of Majority Communications, Senate Leadership Staff for the New Mexico Senate, as well as director of Communications for the New Mexico House of Representatives.