SOCORRO, N.M., September 25, 2003 -- New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson announced today that he has appointed New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. LÃ³pez as the co-chair of the 30-member search committee that has been tasked with nominating a candidate, or candidates, for the newly created Cabinet-level position of State Secretary of Education.
LÃ³pez will share co-chairing duties with fellow Richardson appointee Leslie Boggs, president of New Mexico PTA.
â€œEach and every member of this search committee is a proven leader in New Mexico,â€ LÃ³pez said, â€œand, as such, will be able to provide invaluable input in the selection process, as we all work together to submit the best possible candidate for the Governorâ€™s consideration.â€
Although Governor Richardson did not set specific criteria for the search committee to consider in its potential candidates, he conveyed to co-chairs LÃ³pez and Boggs that committee members should strive to find someone who has strong leadership skills, has a full understanding of the New Mexico public and higher education systems, with a deep appreciation of the stateâ€™s educational funding structure, and has a broad grasp of the complexities of the diverse environments in which New Mexico pursues its educational mission.
â€œIâ€™d like to personally thank Governor Richardson for exhibiting exemplary leadership, vision, and trust in delegating this important task in securing the best person for this critically important position,â€ LÃ³pez said.