Nogales Unified Governing Board

Our governing board consists of community members interested in the success of our schools. We hold regular governing board meetings on specified Mondays (listed below) at 5:30 p.m. in the Anita L. Lichter Board Room of the administration office. All meetings are open to the public, and we invite you to check out a meeting to see what we do. You are always welcome and do not need to call ahead.

Governing Board
Hunter Nash
Dr. L. Hunter Nash

Dr. L. Hunter Nash is the past Governing Board president of the Nogales Unified School District. He has served on the board for three and a half years, and was elected president in January of 2009. He originally decided to serve on the board for several reasons, like being involved with the education of his children and also to serve the community by bringing the perspective of a business owner to the board.

Dr. Nash has been in Nogales for 22 years, in which time he has established himself as a dentist and community servant. He is a native of Tucson and attended the University of Arizona for his undergraduate degree. He graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. with a degree as a Doctor of Dentistry.


Manny Ruiz

Manny Ruiz

Mr. Ruiz was born in 1955 in Nogales, Arizona. He had served as a board member of NUSD for 18 years prior and took a two year rest before deciding to run again. His decision to join the Governing Board again was because he wants to make a difference for the children of NUSD.

Mr. Ruiz graduated from Nogales High School in 1974. He attended Cochise College in 2006 moving forward to University of Arizona and then later attended Arizona State University in 2008 where he graduated from the Certified Public Manager program. He further attended the Leadership Institute in 2009. He received technical training from 1991 to 1995 in Safety, Health, Handling of Hazardous Materials, Emergency Services FEMA Disaster Response and Recovery, and FEMA HS 2-Emergency Management.

Mr. Ruiz has been involved in different associations in the community and was elected to serve the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors since 2001. He is presently serving his third term.

Amongst the several recognitions and awards he has received are the Arizona School Certificate of Orientation and Master of Boardmanship.


Hector Arana
Hector Arana

Hector joined the Nogales Unified School Board, No. 1 in 1998 in order to assist in furthering the quality of education of all students in the district.

He grew up in Nogales and has practiced as a certified public accountant and attorney here since 1979 and 1983, respectively. He graduated from Nogales High School as a valedictorian in 1974. He earned his B.S. in Accounting from Arizona State University in 1978, graduating cum laude. He earned his J.D. from the University of Arizona in 1983, and was listed in the Best Lawyers in America, International Trade and Finance Law, in 2005. The following are a list of his admissions. * Arizona State Board of Accountancy, 1979 * State Bar of Arizona, Arizona, 1983 * U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1986 * U.S. Supreme Court, 1990 * U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1990 * U.S. Tax Court, 1986.


Chief Derek Arnson

Chief Derek Arnson

Chief Derek K. Arnson is a native of the state of Arizona. Chief Arnson has a passion for continual education. He has received an undergraduate and master degree from Northern Arizona University. He recently received a master degree from the United States Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, California. We recently appointed Chief Arnson to a vacant seat on the NUSD governing board. He will work with all current board members in moving the NUSD to higher levels of academic achievement while continuing to keep our students and teachers safe at school. 

Chief Arnson is active in the community. He serves as a Boy Scout leader, Rotarian, and adjunct professor at the Santa Cruz County Provisional Community College District. Chief Arnson speaks both Spanish and English with fluency.


Marcelino Varona

Dr. Marcelino Varona, Jr.

Dr. Marcelino Varona, Jr. is a life-long resident and native of Nogales and has devoted most of his life to education and public service. He is a product of NUSD, received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, and his master and doctorate degrees from the University of Arizona. He genuinely knows and cares for our district having served as a teacher, special services director, assistant principal, middle and high school principal, and assistant superintendent for over 25 years.

After his retirement in 2004, he continued with his public service and community advocacy as demonstrated by his involvement in various local and state organizations. He presently serves as the chairman of the Santa Cruz County Provisional Community College District. Dr. Varona was elected to the NUSD School Board in 2010. He brings a wealth of knowledge and varying perspectives to this role as a civic-minded businessman, politician, former educator, and administrator. His top priority is academic achievement. He is committed to supporting programs and initiatives that will offer opportunities for academic success for all.


Meeting Dates

Please download our 2014-2015 board meeting schedule or click on the underlined/linked dates below to review our most current agenda.

  • January 12
  • January 26
  • February 9
  • February 23
  • March 9
  • March 30
  • April 13
  • April 27
  • May 11
  • May 26
  • June 8
  • June 22

All meetings are at 5:30 p.m.

Board Minutes

Catch up on any meetings you may have missed by reading our minutes.

You are welcome to view the minutes of the previous year's Governing Board meetings on our Archived Minutes page.