Retired school official named to NM lottery board

October 15, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A retired school administrator from nor[auth] theastern New Mexico has been named by Gov. Susana Martinez to a board overseeing the state lottery.

Claude “Pal” Austin of Clayton was appointed to the seven-member New Mexico Lottery Authority to fill a vacancy created in June when the term of Cliff Stroud of Carlsbad expired.

Austin is a real estate broker and retired from Clayton Municipal Schools, where he was principal and superintendent.

He received master’s and bachelor’s degrees in education from West Texas A&M University.

Lottery officials said Austin will serve a term that runs until June 2018 if he’s confirmed by the state Senate.

State law requires at least 30 percent of lottery revenues go to a college scholarship program that covers tuition for New Mexico students.

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