Professor Bud Mehan will be retiring from the Department of Sociology this year. Throughout his 38 year career here at UCSD, he has been one of our University’s finest teachers. In recognition of this, he has received many prestigious teaching awards including the Thurgood Marshall College Outstanding Teaching Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt College Outstanding Teaching Award, The Academic Senate’s Outstanding Teacher Award, the Muir College “Most Valuable Professor” [MVP] award, and the Chancellors’ Associates’ “Outstanding Faculty Member” award. His research has centered around classroom organization, educational testing, interactions between teachers and students, understanding the root causes of success and failure in school and in providing students with equal educational opportunities. Professor Mehan put his commitment to research and practice into action by becoming the founding and current director of The Center for Research on Educational Equity, Access, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE). He has worked closely with K-12 educators so that they can make informed decisions to insure that excellent educational opportunities are available to all children. Professor Mehan and CREATE have made major contributions to educational reform in San Diego. He plans to continue to direct CREATE until a search for a new director occurs. He will also be working on writing a book (with colleagues) about the formation and development of CREATE, The Preuss School, and the partnership work with Gompers, Lincoln–and other schools. Thank you Professor Mehan for all you have done for the Department of Sociology, UCSD, and the San Diego public educational system.