Campus News - November 12, 2001


David Stuart, associate provost for Academic Affairs and professor of Anthropology and Architecture and Planning at UNM, recently received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The degree was awarded by unanimous vote of the faculty and Trustees of West Virginia Wesleyan College to recognize Stuart’s role in promoting access to higher education through UNM programs.

In a citation from the college, Stuart was recognized for his passion for the cultural foundations of the American Southwest and the ancestral puebloan peoples.

“This is a great honor,” said Stuart. “I was the first student to graduate with a major in Anthropology earned in the state of West Virginia— a region where, at that time, relatively few went on to college.”

At UNM, Stuart created the Internet Pilot Project, the University’s first on-line instruction initiative.
He created UNM’s evening, weekend and summer programs to better fit the academic requirements of New Mexico’s diverse population.

He also initiated the Graduation Project, which offers tuition assistance and special services to students who, for various reasons, left the University in good standing before graduation. This program helped more than 600 former, “dropout students” to earn degrees from UNM— a success rate five times greater than predicted from national studies.

Stuart is a 1967 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College. He earned a master of arts and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from UNM.


UNM Professor Howard Waitzkin is one of 12 in the United States selected for the first Fulbright New Century Scholars Program, a new U.S. State Department initiative.

For 2001-2002, the research focus is “Challenges of Health in a Borderless World.”

Waitzkin is director of the Division of Community Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

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