New Mexico State University leaders have officially started a project to create the new pete domenici hall... the building will be home to NMSU's domenici institute for public policy, and portions of the arrowhead center... it'll provide a home for programs that were championed by the senator during his time in office. The work is set to be done in the fall of 2014.
We now know the finalists who are in the running to become the president of new mexico state university... they include former new mexico governor garrey carruthers...he was governor from 1987 until 1990 and has been the dean of the university's business college for a decade. the other candidates are former University of Nevada, Las Vegas President David Ashley, former Texas Tech President Guy Bailey, University of Colorado Denver Dean Daniel Howard and Texas A&M President Emeritus Elsa Morano. The finalists will be at the university for interviews later this month... and a new president could be picked in may.
The board of regents for the university of new mexico have decided to raise tuition for the university. Students will pay a about 603-dollars each semester in fees next semester, up from the current rate of 553-dollars. The higher costs will go toward paying higher salaries for faculty, give staff a one-time bonuses, and add nearly a million dollars in additional fees for the athletics department.
A new report says more than 14-percent of new mexico kindergarteners, and about 21-percent of third graders, were obese last year. The state department of health update was released for national nutrition month... department of health secretary-designate retta ward said parents, family members, teachers, and community members need to work together to get children to be active and eat healthy.
The senate rule committee questioned education secretary designate hanna skandera for about three hours on saturday... and plans to meet this week to continue their questioning. Skandera has been in the position, unconfirmed, for about two years, and still does not know if she will keep her position. It's possible she'll keep her job without a vote by the senate.
If it feels like you're paying more for higher education lately... you're not alone. A new report says tuition at public colleges and universities hit record levels last year... the state higher education executive officers association reported that average tuition costs went up by 8-point-3-percent, to an average of about 52-hundred dollars for the 2011-2012 school year... at the same time, state and local funding for operating expenses, research, and student aid fell by 9-percent, to the lowest level in 25 years.