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Presidential search committee formation announced by Regents chair Smith

C. Dan Smith, left, chair of the UNT System Board of Regents, sent this Official Notice April 1Learn more about the search committee in an Official Notice from Chancellor Lee Jackson sent May 5.

C.DanSmith, UNT System Board of RegentsDear UNT faculty and staff members and students:

The UNT System Board of Regents and Chancellor Lee F. Jackson are preparing a search for the next president to lead our flagship university. University alumnus and former UNT System Board of Regents Chairman Bobby Ray ('69) will serve as chairman of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, and he will be joined by a broadly representative group of university stakeholders including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff members, administrators, alumni, and Denton and other community leaders.

Regents Jack Wall (‘64) and Steve Mitchell (‘85), who also are alumni of the university, will serve as the board’s representatives.

We are inviting university stakeholder groups to nominate persons to serve on this committee and expect to have the committee fully formed this month. A committee meeting before the end of the spring semester will allow the members to organize their work plans and schedule, as well as hear from interested persons and groups who will help identify the ideal profile of the next president of our university.

We expect the committee to be in a position to interview candidates during the fall of 2010 and to make recommendations to the Chancellor and Board of Regents by the time of the board’s regular meeting in February 2011.

The search for a new university president will require external recruitment expertise. Accordingly, the system will retain a major search firm with a successful record in higher education senior executive searches to work with the search advisory committee. Together, they will identify candidates and encourage them to apply, review their credentials and interview and recommend highly qualified candidates to the Chancellor and the Board of Regents. The Board of Regents will have the final authority to approve the selection of a new president.

Every presidential selection is a critical opportunity for a university, and this is an important time for UNT to set its course for further advancement. We're confident that UNT is very well positioned to attract a strong pool of candidates who want to be part of our progress and who are familiar with UNT’s growing reputation.

The strong economic position of the state of Texas and North Texas region and the state’s continued investment in higher education will support our outreach to strong and proven leaders who will want to join us. Our flagship’s draft strategic plan, which will be shared with the Board of Regents in May, will provide a roadmap for action for future years and will be a great benefit to the next president of UNT.

After its first meeting, the search advisory committee will launch a Presidential Search web site to provide you with progress reports. We look forward to working together on this exciting next step in UNT's continuous evolution and growth.

Thank you for all you do every day to make UNT so successful.

C. Dan Smith (’62)
Chairman, UNT System Board of Regents

Posted on: Thu 01 April 2010

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