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Celebrating a Legacy of Leadership

Funding a Graduate Fellowship Honoring Dr. Armond Seidler

Amid the rise of serious public health concerns, highly qualified health, fitness and physical education professionals are increasingly being recognized for their contribution to the well-being of children, adolescents, adults and seniors.

In this spirit, alumni and friends of the UNM College of Education Department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences (HESS) have established an endowed graduate fellowship in the name of Dr. Armond Seidler.

Dr. Armond Seidler

Dr. Armond Seidler left an enduring legacy on UNM’s Department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences.

Dr. Seidler joined the HESS faculty in 1957. He taught for 33 years, served 14 years as department chair, and has been recognized nationally for his contributions to the field of sports and physical education facility planning and utilization. He passed away on April 23, 2017. 

Dr. Seidler’s vision and leadership included the expansion of Johnson Center and the development of outstanding graduate programs. Thanks to his enduring legacy, HESS is a leader in preparing students for careers in athletic training, exercise science, community health education, physical education, and sport administration.

Dr. Charles B. “Chuck” Corbin, who received his doctorate in Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences in 1965, remembers Dr. Seidler as his Ph.D. mentor and a major influence on his studies. Corbin, who is an internationally recognized leader and author within the health and fitness movement, led the successful effort which fully funded this endowment in honor of Dr. Seidler. Others serving on the endowment committee included UNM grads Dave Barney, Bob Barney, Bill Blair, Ron Feingold, Jim Hulsman, and Ken Tillman, and current and former faculty members Ernie Lange, Gloria Napper-Owen and Frank Papcsy. 

The Armond H. Seidler, Ph.D. Endowed Fellowship will provide vital support for outstanding Ph.D. candidates. HESS graduate programs offers advanced degrees that prepare students for positions involving health, fitness and sports in higher education, scientific research, and community, public, and worksite leadership. Alumni have risen to leadership positions and received numerous awards, and the highly selective Ph.D. program in Sport Administration is one of the country’s oldest and largest.

To support the Seidler Endowed Fellowship, please visit https://www.unmfund.org/fund/armond-seidler/.

“MY MOTTO HAS ALWAYS BEEN ‘A SOUND MIND IN A SOUND BODY.’ I ’M PROUD OF THE IMPORTANT ROLE UNM’S DOCTORAL PROGRAMS PLAY IN ADVANCING THAT CONCEPT, WORLDWIDE.”

—Professor Emeritus
Armond Seidler