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Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Los Alamos Na­tional Lab­o­ra­tory Foun­da­tion Es­pañola

As a leader, who are you in­spired by? I am in­spired by dif­fer­ent lead­ers in all dif­fer­ent places: from a great su­per­in­ten­dent to our cur­rent sen­a­tors to ded­i­cated non-profit lead­ers. I look for ser­vant lead­ers; those who lead with pas­sion, hu­mil­ity, courage and in­tegrity. What do you con­sider to be the top is­sue or con­cern fac­ing New Mex­ico to­day? Why? Ap­a­thy around pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion. Nel­son Man­dela said, “Ed­u­ca­tion is the great­est weapon which you can use to change the world.” Ed­u­ca­tion touches ev­ery as­pect of our state, from the econ­omy, to the work force to the en­vi­ron­ment. We should de­mand more for all of our stu­dents and not ac­cept that this is just how things have al­ways been. De­scribe in one sen­tence your vi­sion for New Mex­ico. I would like to see New Mex­ico rank No. 1 in the na­tion in med­i­cal and sci­en­tific re­search, out­door recre­ation, clean and al­ter­na­tive en­ergy, and pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion, demon­strat­ing the strength of a mul­ti­cul­tural, mul­tira­cial, and mul­ti­lin­gual state.

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