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A retired general, a university executive and a former head of the New Mexico Hospitality Association are joining the incoming administration of Michelle Lujan Grisham.
The governor-elect announced the appointments Thursday. She will take office on Tuesday, New Year’s Day.
All three have “incredibly distinguished careers,” Lujan Grisham said, and will be a good fit for the administration.
The appointees are:
• Judy Griego, a brigadier general retired from the Air Force, to lead the Department of Veterans Services. She was deployed to Iraq in 2007, and she is the first woman to reach the rank of brigadier general in the New Mexico National Guard.
• William Scott Carreathers, director of African American Student Services at the University of New Mexico, to head the state Office of African American Affairs. He has previously worked as an associate dean and has advised students and student groups.
• Jen Schroer, a former president and chief executive of the New Mexico Hospitality Association, to serve as tourism secretary. She is now executive director of the Davis (Calif.) Chamber of Commerce, and she worked earlier in the New Mexico Tourism Department.
She and Lujan Grisham said they plan to expand the “New Mexico True” advertising campaign launched under outgoing Gov. Susana Martinez.
“I committed early on – where things are working, we should build on them,” Lujan Grisham said Thursday.
Schroer said New Mexico has unique strengths that can be highlighted to drive outdoor and cultural tourism.
“We have rich authenticity you can’t get anywhere else,” she said.
The appointments of Griego and Schroer are subject to Senate confirmation, though they can begin work right away.
Carreathers doesn’t need Senate confirmation, but Lujan Grisham said that in her administration, Carreathers will be treated as a Cabinet-level appointee.
The legislative session begins two weeks after Lujan Grisham takes office Tuesday.