Gov. Norm Bangerter has appointed Ruben J. Jimenez as director of the Governor's Office of Hispanic Affairs.

Jimenez, who has been manager for equal opportunity at US WEST Inc., fills a vacancy created when Maria Ortiz left Utah to take a position with a national minority affairs group."The hispanic community is a great contributor to Utah's quality of life," Bangerter said. "We look forward to the leadership Mr. Jimenez will provide to the hispanic community as we work together to improve the quality of life for all of Utah's citizens."

While at US WEST, Jimenez coordinated and conducted research for community relations and equal opportunity compliance.

He also has served in a volunteer capacity as director of the Office of Hispanic Affairs for the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City.

He also is active in the Utah Columbus Quincentenary Commission, the Campaign for Human Development Foundation, Utah Migrant Council, State Board of Education Hispanic Advisory Committee, Centro Civico Mexicano, Crossroads Urban Center, Utahns Against Hunger and other organizations.

Jimenez previously held positions with Kennecott Copper and Sperry Univac and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1957.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I'm a poor school teacher. If I had to buy everything between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I'd be broke." - Kate Oliverson, who has all of her Christmas shopping done. (See story on A1.)

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