Senate confirms appointments to University of Puerto Rico board, Democracy Commission
SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Senate’s Nominating Committee approved Wednesday, during the third day of the special legislative session, the appointment of attorneys Antonio Monroig and Luis Berríos Amadeo as members of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Board of Trustees.
According to the Senate report, Monroig was named for his ties to Puerto Rican communities stateside, and Berríos Amadeo for his artistic, scientific and professional knowledge.
On July 28, the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, submitted the appointment of both for Senate confirmation as members of the university’s governing body. Article 3 of the UPR Act provides that “except for the two students and the two professors, the other members of the Board of Trustees shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.”
Monroig, a native of San Juan, worked as a general consultant for the Corporate Development Administration from 1971 to 1973, then, from 1976 and 1977, he served as special assistant to the mayor of San Juan. He also served, from 1981 to 1986, as assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. From 1986 to the present, he has been in private practice as a partner at the law firm Lasa, Monroig & Veve.
Meanwhile, Berrios Amadeo, also a native of San Juan, served as attorney general of the Justice Department’s Litigation Division from 1972 to 1973, as chairman of the Public Service Commission from 1977 to 1979 and from 1981 to 1984 was a member of the Labor Relations Board. Since 2005 he has served as an adviser to the Senate, and in 2010 was appointed and confirmed as a member of the UPR Board of Trustees, a position he resigned three years later. Currently, he works in private law practice with the firm Cancio, Nadal, Rivera, Díaz & Berríos.
Representatives to US Congress confirmed
Likewise, the upper chamber confirmed the seven members of the Democracy Commission for Puerto Rico in accordance with the powers conferred in Senate resolutions 13 and 14, approved Jan. 9.
The pro-statehood commission confirmed Zoraida Fonalledas as one of its two senators. She has worked with several nonprofit, cultural, educational and religious organizations. Carlos Romero Barceló, a former governor and resident commissioner, was also appointed as a member senator.
Also confirmed as members of the commission, but serving as representatives, were Baseball Hall of Famer Iván Rodríguez, former Gov. Pedro Rosselló, former New Progressive Party lawmaker Charlie Rodríguez and Gen. Félix Santoni.