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This report summarizes significant events and developments at the University of New Mexico during 1983-84 when I was the University's president. It outlines important progress we have made and suggests work still remaining. None of this progress would have been possible without the ideas, energy, cooperation, and support of the many people who make up UNM-students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, regents, legislators, and friends. They constitute a community of which I too have been a member for almost forty years. It is a community I have been proud to lead and to serve. John Perovich December 1984 As someone who has been involved with the University of New Mexico for nearly four decades-as a student, then later as an administrator, and finally as its president I have seen the University grow and develop in many ways. When I came here as a freshman in 1942, the University was just on the verge of making the transition from a small, rather limited institution serving a relatively elite population to a major comprehensive institution serving the broad spectrum of the state's citizens. UNM then had no schools of law and medicine, there was no business college, the nursing program did not exist, and the enrollment was less than 3,000. Now UNM has become one of the Southwest's major institutions of higher education. Its enrollment exceeds 24,000 students on its main campus, and its branch campuses and community service programs extend throughout New Mexico. The University also has become a major force in the economic development of the state, not only as a major economic entity itself but also as an important generator of information and innovations. Throughout this growth and progress, the University has been guided in its development by the threefold mission with which it was charged by the state legislature when the University was created in 1889-instruction, scholarship and research, and public service-and it is with reference to this that I would like to present the important developments during my tenure as UNM's president.


UNM Annual Reports, 1984-1985, Volumes 1-5


University of New Mexico




University of New Mexico Press