Doug Ducey selects Bob Herbold, Jessica Pacheco as new Regents

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Doug Ducey announced that he has selected Bob Herbold and Jessica Pacheco to fill vacancies on the Arizona Board of Regents. Herbold’s foundation provides scholarships to higher education students. Pacheco is an active member of the community with years of leadership experience. The two will be filling vacancies made by Kathryn Hackett King and Karrin Taylor Robson, who ended their terms early to pursue other opportunities. 

“Bob and Jessica are both actively involved in communities throughout Arizona, and they have vast experience in public service and leadership roles,” stated Gov. Ducey. “I’m grateful for their commitment to serving Arizona’s students, universities, and taxpayers. I know they will be excellent additions to the Board of Regents.” 

Herbold is the President of The Herbold Foundation, which provides scholarships to masters and Ph.D. students in the areas of engineering and computer science at several universities. He is the Managing Director of The Herbold Group and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  He worked as the Executive Vice President of Microsoft from 1994 until 2001. He also spent 26 years at The Proctor & Gamble Company, serving the last five years as Vice President of Marketing and Information Services.

Herbold has a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Cincinnati and both a master’s degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in computer science from Case Western Reserve University. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the Case Western Reserve University, the University of Cincinnati, and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

“I’m honored to be selected to join the Board of Regents by Governor Ducey,” commented Herbold. “Arizona’s universities do an excellent job in serving students, maintaining talented educators, and engaging with their communities — and I look forward to helping the Board of Regents to build on this continued success.”

Pacheco is currently a managing partner at Horizon Strategies, where she leads local engagement and policy strategies. She has extensive private sector experience and, for over 22 years, held various executive positions in a Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, including Vice President of Corporate Development and External Communications, Vice President of External Communications, and Vice President of State and Local Affairs. 

Pacheco serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Arizona-Mexico Commission and serves on the Executive Committee for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. She is active as a director with many other community and business organizations. Pacheco earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona. She is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program and the Nuclear Reactor Technology Course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“Arizona’s three public universities lead students to successful careers, strengthen innovation in our communities, attract employers looking for top-notch talent, and keep our state competitive,” said Pacheco. “I’m thrilled to join the Board of Regents and work to make our universities even stronger. My thanks go to Governor Ducey for this incredible opportunity — I look forward to the work ahead.”