NEW BRUNSWICK - Gov. Chris Christie today announced a historic appointment to the Rutgers Board of Governors.

Martin Perez, a lawyer, education advocate, and president of the Latino Leadership Alliance, was initially nominated to the board in May of 2011.

Nearly 600 days later, Perez is now the second Hispanic-American to serve on the board in its history.

Perez grew up in Puerto Rico and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico. He earned his master’s degree in secondary education from Seton Hall, and is a 1986 graduate of Rutgers Law School.

His many accomplishments include teaching and working in various positions at Rutgers and serving as a trial attorney for the Office of the Public Defender in Hudson County.