New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2012
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Edward Lujan
Edward Lujan is a lifelong resident of New Mexico, graduating from New Mexico State University with a B.S. in Agriculture and a Master’s degree in education. In 1988 Edward was named Outstanding Alumnus by NMSU and in 2008 was honored with an Honorary Doctorate degree from NMSU.In his early adult life Edward owned and operated a farm, purchased and ran a service station, was a school teacher, and ultimatelyworked in the family’s insurance business, the Manual Lujan Agencies.

Having been called upon to provide his guidance and expertise to many well-known business entities, Edward has served as Director on the Board of Wells Fargo Bank in New Mexico, Director on the Board of First Bank of Santa Fe, and board member of Republic Bank in Albuquerque. Edward was on the board of Mountain Bell and Director for US West Communications, and has served as a board member of the Albuquerque Economic Development Corporation and the Albuquerque Economic Forum as well as Chairman of the New Mexico Development & Tourism Commission. Edward is also the former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Manuel Lujan Agencies and former member of the Governor’s Business Council.

In Educational arenas, Edward was Chairman of the Robert O. Anderson Schools of Management Foundation, a member of the board of the University of New Mexico and of Albuquerque TVI Foundation. He is a former Chairman of the Board of New Mexico State University’s School of Business Administration and has served as a member of the Board of National Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education.

Edward has been extremely active in politics, serving as former Chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico, and serving as Chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Blue Ribbon Task Force. As past President of the Young Republicans of New Mexico, he is a member of the State Campaign Coordinating Committee, and as Chairman of the Republican National Committee Task Force on Minority and Ethnic Participation, Edward worked to attract minority and ethnic voters to the party.

Edward’s civic resume includes director emeritus for Albuquerque’s DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), chair emeritus of the board of the National Hispanic Culture Foundation,chair emeritus of the National Hispanic Culture Center, and vice chair of Think New Mexico. Edward has served on the New Mexico Governmental Ethics Oversight Committee and on the New Mexico Governmental Ethics Task Force.

Edward is a former board member of both St. Joseph Hospital Foundation and Presbyterian Heart Institute Foundation. He is a former member of the District Court Nominating Committee and has also served on the board of Selective Service of New Mexico. In 1992 Edward was the New Mexico recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Public Service Award and in 1994 Edward was an honorary Commander at Kirkland Air Force Base.

Edward is amember of the Queen of Heaven parish and the Knight of Columbus and has been married to his wife Virginia for 61 years. They have four children, ten grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.