School board member named to state office

By CNJ Staff

Longtime Clovis Schools Board of Education Member Lora Harlan moved into the office of the president of the New Mexico School Boards Association earlier this month, according to a press release issued by the association Tuesday.

Harlan formally accepted the leadership role at the New Mexico School Boards Association annual convention Dec. 1-2 in Albuquerque, the release reads.

More than 300 school board members, superintendents and education stakeholders attended the conference, according to the release.

Harlan, 59, was presented the president’s gavel at an awards banquet during the convention. She succeeds former president Lilliemae Ortiz of Pojoaque.

According to the release, Harlan gave an address about the focus of her upcoming term, dubbed “Sweet Successes.” Her focus for the year will be to share positive events happening in New Mexico schools, the release reads.

The Clovis native has served on the Clovis Schools Board of Education as a representative of District 3 for more than 15 years. She was elected to serve as the president of the New Mexico School Boards Association in December 2005 and will serve in the position for one year.