The University of New Mexico seeks nominations for its Presidential Award of Distinction. The award is one of the university’s most prestigious, bestowed at the discretion of the university president. It is given to distinguished persons in recognition of outstanding career achievement, scholarly excellence, leadership in the professions, noteworthy public service, humanitarian endeavors, or to honor other activities that the university president determines are worthy of the award.

Nominators are requested to submit a letter stating, in sufficient detail, their reasons for the nomination. Materials that accompany the letter should include: biographical information, a record of accomplishment, and supporting letters from those who can speak to that record. Because the selection committee must review many illustrious and notable nominees, please provide as complete a nomination as possible. 

Nominations must be received in the Office of the President, Scholes Hall, Room 144, no later than Friday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. Nominations may also be emailed to If you have any questions, call Strategic Support Manager Abra Altman at (505) 277-1540.

The Presidential Award of Distinction Policy is available here.