Tom L. Popejoy Society

Tom L. Popejoy

Tom L. Popejoy (UNM President, 1948-1968)
Courtesy: UNM Archives

Founded in 1982, the Tom L. Popejoy Society recognizes philanthropic leaders whose cumulative giving over the course of their lifetimes exceeds $50,000.  This esteemed group of donors represents all aspects of the University of New Mexico.

As the first native New Mexican to hold the position of President of the University of New Mexico, Tom L. Popejoy left a far reaching legacy.  Popejoy’s 20 years as the University President (1948-1968), a time fondly known as the Popejoy era, capped a career that made him a UNM legend.  During his 20-year tenure as President, the main campus was greatly expanded to include: the School of Medicine, KNME-TV, Jonson Gallery, the first Bratton Hall, and The Pit, to name a few, that helped shape the UNM footprint today.

We are grateful to those who impart Popejoy’s passion and commitment to the university and who are changing worlds each and every day.  Thanks to Tom L. Popejoy Society members, the greatest impact on student success and opportunity, faculty support and research, campus programs, and capital projects and facilities can be achieved.

Please click here to view Popejoy Society member stories revealed at the Celebration of Philanthropy event held on September 29, 2022; a wonderful celebration of extraordinary generosity to UNM.

For more information on this prestigious society, please contact Donor Relations Director Jill Slaby at or (505) 313-7650.