Presidential Award of Excellence
Center for Academic Resources
Randy Schroeder and friends at the UNH Dairy Teaching and Research Center barn in Durham.
For Randy Schroeder, mentoring UNH undergraduates is more than just a job—it’s a calling. Over the past three decades, Schroeder has served as teacher, tutor, and advocate to thousands of students, many from first-generation and traditionally underrepresented populations. While their backgrounds may differ, their concerns share a common thread: students come to Schroeder worried about their ability to succeed in the college environment. Current students and alumni alike say Schroeder is the one who gave them the tools—and the confidence—to thrive.
Julie McLeod, a 2005 communication sciences and disorders graduate and one of Schroeder’s many Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test-prep students, says it’s all about Schroeder’s natural ability to teach. “Randy would explain the same math concept 12 different ways to 12 different people,” she recalls. “He learned my way of learning and that’s how he taught me.”
Schroeder sees his role as counselor as central to his identity. In addition to providing GRE and graduate school support, he teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, provides career and major guidance, and is centrally involved in the University’s diversity efforts as well as four TRIO programs. A two-time UNH graduate—he holds 1978 bachelor’s and 1982 master’s degrees—Schroeder says what drives him is the desire to make connections. “My job at the Center for Academic Resources (CFAR) provides a base for a much broader range of activities in the community,” he explains. “I love seeing human potential on the path to being realized.”
That love is clearly returned in the superlatives that students, alumni, and colleagues use to describe Schroeder—enthusiastic, committed, “Mr. University.” One student says it best: “He is exactly what this campus needs more of, someone who has a passion for teaching, for helping, and for connecting with others in a genuine way.”