Las Cruces professor named head of New Mexico Public Education Department

Las Cruces News

A Las Cruces professor is now the head of the New Mexico Department of Education.

KRQE, KTSM’s sister station in Albuquerque, attended a news conference held by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday.

There, Grisham named Karen Trujillo as the new secretary of the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Trujillo was a newly-elected Dona Ana County commissioner and served as the Interim Associate Dean for Research at NMSU before the appointment.

“We support teacher pay raises…(and) more resources in the schools: nurses, social workers, that wrap-around service, that idea of community schools,”  she said at the conference.

Trujillo has 25 years of experience in education.

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