Hall of Fame – 2015
Meet NAU’s College of Education Hall of Fame faculty
Some of the greatest minds have received their higher education at Northern Arizona University in the College of Education, and they all began their journeys as Lumberjacks. These renowned innovators have left an indelible mark not only on the COE, but on the world.
Our esteemed alumni
Rhian Evans Allvin
Ms. Rhian Evans Allvin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management in 1994 from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University in 2000. She is an NAU President’s Prize and Gold Axe recipient, Jeff Ferris Alumni Achievement Award recipient, and a former NAU ABOR Student Regent. Her professional career illustrates a deep devotion for the education of children as a former CEO of the First Things First program. As of 2013, she holds the Chief Executive Officer position of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Dr. Archie Beauvais
Dr. Archie Beauvais is a first generation college student and Vietnam veteran. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Education at Northern Arizona University and Doctor of Education at Harvard. Dr. Beauvais received the NAU Alumni Achievement Award in 1986 and the NAU Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1988. He was chosen as one of the top 100 graduates for the first century of NAU and taught at the Tribal College Sinte Gleska University. Under Dr. Beauvais’ leadership, Sinte Gleska was the first tribal college in the nation to gain certification to train elementary teachers at the undergraduate level. As dean of graduate studies, he also led Sinte Gleska University to the recognition of being the first tribal college in the nation to be accredited to offer an M.Ed degree. The first graduating class of nine was comprised of mostly Lakota Sioux female educators.
Cynthia Rudrud Nyman
Ms. Cynthia Rudrud Nyman earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Education from Northern Arizona University and Administrative Certification from ASU. As a teacher, she served as President of the Arizona English Teachers Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Council of Teachers of English. In 1998, she was honored as the Arizona State Principal of the Year and received the North Central Association Circle of Excellence Award. In 2005, she was recognized as an Arizona School Administrators Distinguished Administrator. From 1999 -2005, she served as a Director and President of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Dr. Charles Pilon
Dr. Charles Pilon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Northern Arizona University (then known as the Arizona State College of Flagstaff) in 1959 and Master of Arts degrees in Social Science from NAU. He earned his doctoral degree after completing graduate studies at the University of Colorado, Lehigh University, and the University of Notre Dame.
He was a Gold Axe Award recipient in 1959 and was honored with Junior and Senior Alumni Service Awards. He dedicates significant personal time to the NAU College of Education Leadership Council. He was a pioneer of the NAU individualized learning programs when he served as NAU’s Administrator of Statewide Academic Programs in the greater Phoenix area.
Contact the COE HOF
Nominate a candidate today
There are two ways to nominate a candidate for the Hall of Fame Award:
- download and print this form
- pick up a form in the Dean’s office