PRESS RELEASE - December 2, 2003
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

Assistant Secretaries at NMPED Named

(Santa Fe, NM)--Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. Garcia today announced the appointment of three assistant education secretaries at the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED).

Appointed as assistant secretary for Rural Education is Charles Hayes, superintendent of the Lordsburg Independent Schools and a former governor’s appointee in 2003 to the New Mexico State Board of Education. Governor Bill Richardson promised voters that he would appoint a person at the NMPED dedicated to rural schools. Appointed as assistant secretary of School Finance is Don D. Moya II, former director of Budget and Finance for the Santa Fe Public Schools, and as assistant secretary for Quality Assurance and Systems Integration is Geri Romero-Roybal, former assistant director of Special Education for the Albuquerque Public Schools.

“Through these appointments, we will ensure that the voices of rural New Mexicans are heard, that financing for public schools reaches the state’s classrooms and that public education brings pride to New Mexico. These extremely talented individuals will help us to build a system of public education that is responsive and acts in the best interests of children,” said Secretary Garcia.

Assistant Secretary Hayes was named superintendent of the Lordsburg schools in 1999. He has served as a director of Instruction (1980-99) and language arts teacher (1976-80) for the district. A native of Lordsburg, he graduated from Orberlin College in Ohio with a B.A. in English in 1971 and from Western New Mexico University in 1982 with a M.A. in English. He serves as vice-chair of the Governor’s Progress Agenda Task Force.

Assistant Secretary Moya served as director of Budget and Finance for the Santa Fe Public Schools from 1999 to 2003. While there, he developed, supervised, coordinated and maintained the district’s $160 million budget. He assisted in bringing financial stability to the district and balancing a budget that was $2.6 million in debt at the time of his hiring. A native of Santa Fe, he received a B.A. in Business Administration from the College of Santa Fe in 1992.

Assistant Secretary Romero-Roybal has 23 years of experience in education. She is a former assistant and associate superintendent with the Santa Fe Public Schools, assistant to the region superintendent in the Albuquerque Public Schools and assistant principal at Washington Middle School in Albuquerque. She receive a Bachelor of Science degree from New Mexico State University in 1979, a Master of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1987 and an Educational Administration License from UNM in 1989.