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NMSU staff member receives honor from alma mater

A New Mexico State University staff member was honored for 13 years of service and dedication to Lindenwood University, his alma mater and former employer.

Glen Cerny, executive director of University Broadcasting, was inducted into the Lindenwood University Athletic Hall of Fame for his service and merit to the university. The ceremony was held during Lindenwood's Homecoming Hall of Fame banquet in the fall 2008.

"I was surprised at the honor. It impacted me much differently than I thought it would," he said. "I am very proud of my time there. My family and I still consider Lindenwood home, and we have a lot of dear friends there."

Cerny also said he was honored not just by the recognition from the university, but also by the recognition he received from former students.

"More than 25 students showed up to see us during the banquet. To think that I somehow impacted their lives is a pretty big honor," he said.

Cerny's relationship with Lindenwood, located in St. Charles, Mo., began when he attended the university from 1970-74. He majored in communication arts and played on the university's first basketball team. After graduating, he worked several sports broadcasting jobs and became co-owner of a radio station. He also went on to earn his master's degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1984.

When the opportunity arose for Cerny to return to Lindenwood and become general manger of the radio station KCLC, he seized it, for several reasons.

"I had, and still do, a strong sense of gratitude for Lindenwood and KCLC, in particular. The founder of the station, Martha Boyer, had a profound impact on me and my career. The timing was great, my heart was in it and it was an opportunity to 'go home' to do something that might be meaningful," he said.

Cerny became the general manager of KCLC in 1988 and began teaching mass communication courses at the university several years later. He also served as the faculty athletic representative and was responsible for making sure all athletes at Lindenwood met NCAA and NAIA requirements.

After leaving Lindenwood in 2001, Cerny took a job as head of a public television station in Minnesota. In 2006, he became the executive director of University Broadcasting at NMSU to oversee the operation of KRWG-TV, KRWG-FM and AggieVision.

"I came to NMSU because I wanted to come back to the university setting and create bonds like the ones we had at Lindenwood. It is a basket of riches to be on a campus like this, with so many events and activities going on," he said.