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Special Issue: July 29, 2002
The Gordon Presidency -
1998 - 2002

Student scholars happy with Gordon

By Michael Padilla

Diane Rawls, Regents’ Scholars coordinator, considers President William C. Gordon an omni-president. His presence is there even when he’s not, she says.

Having a president who is fully aware of each Regents’ Scholar’s achievements strengthens relationships.“Dr. Gordon has a special way of relating to each Regents’ Scholar,” Rawls says. “Dr. Gordon recognizes what their contributions are, is open to their presence and supports their endeavors.”

Regents’ Scholar Scott Hudson says he has always been impressed with Gordon.

“The thing that comes to mind first when I think of my dealings with President Gordon is that he always remembers my name,” Hudson says. “He is always friendly and willing to listen, speaking to you like a friend and acquaintance.”

Gordon stayed connected with the program by hosting the annual Regents’ Scholars Presidential Dinner and inviting the scholars to the Hanging of the Greens and a graduation dinner.

“At least to me, he does not just simply sweep the Regents’ Scholars under the rug,” Hudson says. “When I speak with him he seems to be genuinely interested and concerned about the program, and asks questions about the program and the University. I am happy with his support.”

Currently there are 75 scholars. Fourteen new scholars enter UNM in Fall 2002 as freshmen. In 2000-01, the average GPA among all scholars was 3.84 and 32 students had GPAs of 3.9 or higher including 22 with a 4.0 or higher.

To become a Regents’ Scholar, students undergo a rigorous, competitive application process during their senior year of high school. Each applicant submits a written statement of goals, show evidence of leadership and community service, has outstanding academic records and supplies at least three letters of recommendation. They are screened and interviewed by the UNM Scholarship Office. Since each applicant is top in his or her class the interview is the deciding factor when selecting scholars.
Rawls, who completed her ninth year as coordinator of the program, says the scholars participate in a variety of activities including a ropes course. The students are also admitted to the UNM University Honors Program where they receive specialized advisement and course registration privileges.

The program, established in 1989, provides tuition, books and fees, room and board, and is renewable for eight semesters as long as requirements are met.