January 16, 2006

Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3651

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE , N.M. University of New Mexico Hospital Human Resources Administrator Jim Pendergast was selected as the new president of the Boys and Girls Club of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Pendergast has been at UNMH for five years.

The Boys and Girls Club has been in Albuquerque since the 1950s and strives to provide a positive environment where youth can develop personal values and learn through supervised social, recreational and educational programs.

Pendergast has been involved with the Boys and Girls Club for the past four years. He started his involvement as a volunteer basketball coach, then served as board member. Pendergast was vice president last year and will hold the presidency position for the next two years. His main goal as president is to refurbish the much needed Old Town Boys and Girls Club.

Pendergast received his bachelor's degree in Sociology from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, and his master's from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Currently, Pendergast stays active in the local community by coaching the varsity girl's basketball team at East Mountain Charter High School.

For more information on Pendergast, call 272-3322.