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UF creates Brian Burgoon Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award

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Former UF Student Body President Trevor Pope, left, and Board of Governors member Brian Burgoon.

Former UF Student Body President Trevor Pope, left, and Board of Governors member Brian Burgoon.

The University of Florida Student Government has created the Brian Burgoon Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award and named Burgoon, an out-of-state member of the Bar Board of Governors, as the initial honoree.

“Brian Burgoon was the first recipient of this award because he has used his talent for mentorship to better the student experience and support UF leaders,” said Lauren Lemasters, chief of staff for the Student Government president.

“As a former student body president and former president of the Alumni Association, Brian Burgoon has remained connected to the University of Florida and fostered intentional relationships with students, including former Student Body President Trevor Pope,” Lemasters said. “While presenting the award, Trevor [who was mentored by Burgoon] explained that Brian instilled in him the courage to take on his former role and ‘do so in a way that leaves a legacy for future generations to come.’”

Burgoon said he was “stunned” when he learned of the honor.

“It is personally rewarding just to be considered a mentor, but to have an award named after me for mentorship was a tremendously special honor,” he said. “Mentorship is such an important aspect of supporting and contributing to the growth, development, and success of students and young alumni. The most enjoyable part of my service to UF as an alumni leader has been getting to know the students and doing what I can to support, advise, and help open doors for them.”

Pope presented the award to Burgoon on April 14 at the Student Government Banquet.

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