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Honorary Co-Chairs

These individuals serve as honorary co-chairs of UNT’s yearlong observance of its 50th anniversary of desegregation.

Billy Allen
Joe Atkins
John Baines
Charles “Chuck” Beatty
Joel Bennett
Gretha Boston
Mayor Euline and Dr. Horace Brock
Cheylon Brown
Dr. Mellonee Burnim
Dr. Mickey L. Burnim
Ruby Kimble Cole
Robert and Marjorie Craft
Judge John C. Creuzot
Brandon Daniels
Debbie Denmon
Harry and Linda Eaddy
Rosemary Solomon Edwards
Vernon Evans
Representative Helen Giddings
Dr. James Gray
Joe Greene
Angela Hawkins
Abner Haynes
Ronald High
Dr. Alfred F. and Johanna Hurley
Glenda Grace Johnson
Rev. James Kelly
Jewell F. Kelly
Lynette Kimble
Harve King
Johnnie and Dr. Delva King
Dr. Leon King
Thomas King
Joe and Gloria Kirven
Dr. Theodore Lee, Jr.
Burlyce Sherrell Logan
B. J. Lott
Linnie McAdams
Fred McCain
Victor McGlothin
Dr. Mamie McKnight
Francis Money
Bettye Morgan
Kristi Nelson
Quincy Ollison
Phyllis Patterson
Dollie Person
Beasley Reece
Dr. Maxine Thornton-Reese
Billie Kerl Roberts
Bob Ray Sanders
Dr. William Gregory Sawyer
Dr. Maxwell C. Scarlett
Elwood Shannon
Mary Dunn Smith
Kyev P. Tatum
Alton Thibodeaux
Dr. Artist Thornton
Darryl Thornton
Alma Jean Washington
Senator Royce West
James Whitaker

Watch for updates as UNT receives confirmations from invited co-chairs.

Planning Committee

Cassandra Berry

Cassandra Berry
Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity
B.B.A. Stephen F. Austin State University
(940) 565-2456

Cassandra Berry is responsible for developing the university’s affirmative action plan, monitoring and reporting the university’s progress on the plan's goals and maintaining and improving awareness of equal opportunity and affirmative action policies and procedures, as well as advising the president and appropriate university officials on the enhancement of work climate for faculty, staff and students. She serves as the university’s liaison to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and other governmental and community agencies on matters relating to equal opportunity and affirmative action and participates in development, public service and fundraising activities that advance the university.

Ella Goode Johnson

Ella Goode Johnson
UNT alumna (B.B.A., 1971)
M.B.A. Amberton University
(214) 339-8866
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Ella Goode Johnson is a retired employee of General Motors Corp. after 28 years of service. She is a community activist and the first female chair of the board of directors of The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (a 28-year-old non-profit organization). She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and has held leadership roles at the national, regional and local levels. She has received numerous awards in connection with her volunteer service including establishment of the Ella Goode Johnson Library and Resource Center at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Denton. She is also a recipient of the UNT Green Glory Award. She is married to another of our co-chairs, Willie Earl Johnson, and is the mother of two sons.

Dr. Herbie Johnson

Dr. Herbie K. Johnson
UNT alumnus (B.S., 1959; M.Ed., 1964)
Ed.D. Nova University
(214) 943-3204
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After serving in the U.S. Army, Herbie K. Johnson enrolled at North Texas to pursue a career in teaching and school administration. He retired after a rich and varied career of 38 years in the Dallas public schools where he served as teacher, junior and senior high school principal, director of secondary personnel and sub-district administrator, as well as principal of the Adult Education Evening Schools at Skyline Center. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing modern jazz. A member of the University of North Texas Trailblazers organization, he was one of North Texas' first African-American students to earn a bachelor's degree.

Willie Earl Johnson

Willie Earl Johnson
UNT alumnus (B.B.A., 1968)
M.B.A. Amberton University
(214) 339-8866
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Willie Earl Johnson is a former student-athlete at UNT. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a graduate of the Real Estate Institute. He is a real estate and mortgage broker, certified as a residential specialist and real estate investment specialist, and also an Internet business consultant. He is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and chair of the advisory board of The Heads Up Foundation. He met his wife, Ella Goode, at North Texas. They have two sons.

Deborah LeliaertDeborah Leliaert
Vice President for University Relations
UNT alumna (M.Ed., 1996)
B.A., St. Mary-of-Woods College
(940) 565-2108

Deborah Leliaert is responsible for establishing the institution’s communication and marketing goals, objectives and strategies, and for advising the chancellor, president and appropriate university officials on strategic communication and media planning and response. She serves as the university spokesperson in public forums and in broadcast and print media. Her responsibilities include oversight of the offices of University Relations and University Communications and Marketing. She also serves as associate vice chancellor for communications and marketing for the UNT System.

Assistant to the Planning Committee

Billie Herod Mohair

Billie Herod Mohair
UNT Human Resources
(866) 832-9410 Toll-free

Billie Herod Mohair is a recent retiree after 30 years of service at the University of North Texas. She is a lifetime resident of the Denton community who attended UNT and TWU, majoring in business administration. She served as librarian assistant at UNT for 20 years, in the College of Arts and Sciences for three years and in Human Resources for seven years. She is an active member of her church and has served in various capacities in many community organizations, including the Ebony Book Club and the UNT Trailblazers. She is the mother of four sons, three of whom attended UNT. The youngest, Michael Todd, is a 1998 graduate in criminal justice.