ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When he was a younger man, Sydney Gunthorpe decided to go to college, the school that one day would be known as CNM.
Today, 23 years later, Gunthorpe is still at Central New Mexico Community College, but he is no longer a student. For the past three years, he has been the college’s vice president for academic affairs.
By the time he got around to going to college, he already had been around the block and around the world. He was born in France. His mother was French and his father was in the U.S. Air Force. The family moved to Albuquerque when he was a toddler.
After high school, Gunthorpe traveled around the Southwest – Nevada, Utah, California – working for a retail firm. After six years, he decided to return to Albuquerque to try his hand at college. No one in his family had ever attended an institution of higher learning and he didn’t know what to expect.