Cordon Receives Distinguished Alumni Honor from Central Methodist University

May 8, 2006
News Photo 3492Professor Matt Cordon

Professor Matthew C. Cordon, associate director of the law library at Baylor Law School, has received a Distinguished Alumni Award from his undergraduate alma mater, Central Methodist University, Fayette, Mo.

Announcing the honor, Central Methodist University (CMU) states that the alumni awards "are among the university's highest honors." The awards are presented annually to former CMU students who have distinguished themselves in their professions and in their service to the university and to society, according to a CMU press release..

The Young Alumni honor, received by Cordon, is presented annually to alumni who have been out of the university less than 15 years and "have strong commitments to community and university service and have demonstrated high personal achievements," the release states.

Cordon was honored as one of three Distinguished Alumni Award recipients at a recent alumni reunion banquet at Central Methodist University.

A member of the Baylor Law faculty since 2000, Cordon received a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies from CMU in 1994. He worked for several years as a newspaper reporter and sports editor and later received his law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. In addition, Cordon earned a master of science degree from the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences in 2001. He worked as a reference librarian at Southern Methodist University law library before joining the faculty at Baylor Law School.

At Baylor Law School, he teaches courses in legal analysis, research and communication; and advanced legal research. As associate director of the Sheridan and John Eddie Williams Legal Research and Technology Center, he provides research services to the law school community and supervises the law library's public services department. He currently serves by election on the Baylor University Faculty Senate and will become chair-elect of the Senate in 2006-2007.

Dean Brad Toben described Cordon as a "remarkably productive" faculty member who is "so appreciated by our students in the classroom." Toben added, "He is a very prolific scholar, and goes the extra mile always in service to the Law School and University communities. Matt is so deserving of this and every recognition that he receives."

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