The New Mexico Secretary of Education
is an appointed state executive position in the New Mexico state government.
The Secretary serves as head of the state Public Education Department.
The statewide position of Secretary of Education in New Mexico was created in 2003, when the state's voters approved Ballot Question 1.
The current officeholder is Hanna Skandera. She has served in this position since 2010.
The state Constitution addresses the office of secretary of state in Article XII, Section 6.
There is hereby created a “public education department” and a “public education commission” that shall have such powers and duties as provided by law. The department shall be a cabinet department headed by a secretary of public education...
The Secretary of Education is required to be a qualified and experienced educator.
The Secretary of Education is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate.
The budget for the Public Education Department in Fiscal Year 2012 was $38,788,100.
In 2010, the New Mexico Secretary of Education was paid an estimated $173,859 according to the Council of State Governments.
New Mexico Public Education Department
Jerry Apodaca Education Building
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501