Gov. Susana Martinez visited the UNM-Gallup campus on Thursday, Aug. 28 to speak with students, faculty and staff about the educational needs of New Mexico especially as they pertain to higher education. The governor was warmly welcomed to the campus and received a standing ovation as she entered the Student Services Technology Center. 

Executive Director Christopher Dyer welcomed the Governor and her staff to the campus, then called Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney to the podium. McKinney thanked Gov. Martinez and introduced her as a “great friend to Gallup.”

The governor’s message to UNM-Gallup was that there must be partnerships with the elementary, middle and high schools to form a true K-16 continuum. She emphasized the need for collaborations between all schools and universities to better prepare high school graduates thereby reducing the need for remedial courses. The governor spoke to the need for workforce skills education as a means of meeting the requirements of current and incoming industries. 

Martinez spent the rest of her campus visit meeting the students, faculty and staff members who had come to hear her speak.  She arrived on campus after visiting Juan de Onate Elementary School. Next on her schedule was the “Business After Hours” sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and a dinner party at the Gallup Cultural Center.