Central’s Signal Peak Campus tabs Dora Vasquez, adviser to the governor, as commencement speaker

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz – Central Arizona College graduate Dora Vasquez, a current adviser to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, will be the commencement speaker on Saturday, May 10, at the Signal Peak Campus graduation ceremony.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. on The Green located near the entrance of the Signal Peak Campus. The college is located at the intersection of Woodruff and Overfield roads between the cities of Casa Grande and Coolidge.

Vasquez has served as an adviser to Napolitano since 2003. As the director of the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions, she manages the gubernatorial appointment process for more than 300 state boards, commissions and state agencies.

In addition, she serves as the Governor’s designee to the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission and serves as the executive director of the Governor’s Citizens Traffic Stop Advisory Board and the Arizona State Quarter Commission.

A lifelong resident of Arizona, Vasquez is a native of Pinal County and often advises the governor on matters related to the region. The first-generation college student attended Central Arizona College where she gained the confidence and leadership skills necessary to achieve a post-secondary degree.

Vasquez holds an undergraduate degree in justice studies from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in public management from the College of Business at Northern Arizona University (Signal Peak Campus).

Vasquez has nearly 25 years experience in local and state government. She has served on numerous boards and commissions, and from 1998-2002 she served as chair of the Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board after being appointed by Jane Hull, the previous governor of Arizona.

In 2005, Vasquez was honored with the naming of a student award and scholarship at Central Arizona College. The Dora Vasquez Award recognizes students who have overcome and made significant progress toward a personal or academic goal, as well as showing leadership, an appreciation for diversity, community involvement and mutual respect.

Also in 2005, the Arizona Girl Scouts Cactus-Pine Council honored Vasquez with the Women of Distinction World of Humanity award for her work in mentoring youth.

Vasquez is the co-author of Recuerdos de Sonora, a compilation of short stories commemorating the toil of Hispanic miners and their families in Sonora, Arizona during the early 20th century. The book is available at the Hayden Library, Arizona State University.

Vasquez is the mother of three grown children and “Nana” to her beloved Vivianna, Matthew, Kaylee and Izabella.



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