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UNM Alumni Association Honors Senior Superintendent with its Rodey Award – Albuquerque Public Schools


Published: January 25, 2023

UNM Alumni Association honors Senior Superintendent with its Rodey Award

An award given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of education.

The University of New Mexico Alumni Association honors Superintendent Scott Elder for his leadership in education.

The association selected Elder to present the Rodey Award, named after the man considered the father of the UNM. It is awarded to individuals whose leadership efforts have made a significant contribution to the field of education. The award will be presented at a dinner in February.

“UNM has been such an important part of getting me where I am today, so receiving this award is a huge honor,” said Elder. “I will continue to work hard every day to give students the tools they need to succeed in and out of the classroom.”

Elder has worked in Albuquerque Public Schools for over 30 years. He began his career teaching English as a second language at Highland High School in 1991 and later served as principal at four local schools. He subsequently moved to the district office and served as chief operating officer until he was promoted to superintendent in 2020.

Elder received his MBA from UNM’s Anderson School of Management in 2017. He also received a master’s degree in secondary education and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the UNM.

In November, he was inducted into the Anderson Hall of Fame.

The elder and his wife, Dr. Deborah Elder, have been married for 28 years. Their two sons, Sam and David, are both Lobo.

The award is named after Bernard Shandon Rodi, an attorney who served in the territorial legislature. Rody, who founded the law firm Rodey, sponsored legislation creating the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. When this bill seemed doomed to fail, he led efforts to include it in a omnibus bill that would create the UNM, a school of mining in Socorro, a college of agriculture and mechanical arts in Las Cruces, and a psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas.

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