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Posted November 10, 2011

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Former Board Member Named Distinguished Alumnus

Ralph Sigala, a former Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education member, was recently chosen to receive one of two 2011 Outstanding Alumni awards from Eastern New Mexico University.

Sigala served on the APS Board of Education from 1981 to 1987.  He also has served on the boards of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the United Way.

Sigala, whose children attended APS schools, continues to be active in the schools and the community. He said that his grandchildren currently attend APS schools and he was recently appointed to the district’s calendar committee.

A native New Mexican and first-generation college graduate, Sigala earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and speech pathology from ENMU in 1965.  He holds a doctorate in guidance and counseling from the University of New Mexico.

He worked for UNM for some 20 years as a faculty member and administrator. Sigala retired from UNM in 1994 after serving as director of the UNM – Valencia Campus in Los Lunas.

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