President-elect Joe Biden is continuing his transition efforts and named members of his agency review teams, including several names from New Mexico.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been a co-chair of Biden’s transition team since September. There has been speculation that she may join the Biden administration. Her chief of staff, John Bingaman, took a leave of absence last month to aid the transition. Pam Coleman, the Director for the New Mexico State Personnel Office, is a volunteer member of the Department of Homeland Security agency review team. Coleman served in the White House during the Barack Obama administration, including as the White House liaison for DHS.
New Mexico State University will move to online courses starting March 31, the day after the university’s extended spring break. NMSU President John Floros, Provost Carol Parker, Chancellor Dan Arvizu and other university officials held a meeting Wednesday afternoon to announce the decision and the next steps for the university’s community. The meeting allowed up to 1,000 people to call in or watch over web platforms. The campus remains open and about 1,000 students are still living at NMSU and eating in the student cafeterias, Floros said. Floros said the dining hall has been deep cleaned, the university eliminated the open salad bar and cafeteria workers are serving food behind glass. But, he said, as COVID-19 response continues to evolve in relation to the spread of the coronavirus, the dining hall may change to offering to-go meals only.