The University

The University of North Texas, a comprehensive, state-assisted, coeducational institution of higher education, is the flagship of the University of North Texas System (the University of North Texas, the University of North Texas Dallas Campus [UNT System Center at Dallas] and the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth). With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, UNT in Denton is the leading university of the North Texas region and the state's fourth largest institution. UNT offers a wide variety of undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs.

The UNT Dallas Campus, an extension of UNT, serves residents of Dallas and Ellis counties. The UNT Health Science Center trains physicians and other professionals through its Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and School of Public Health.

History of the University

The university was established in 1890 as a teacher education facility by Joshua C. Chilton, the school's first president, who leased facilities for the Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute above a hardware store on the town square.

The university has gone through six name changes since its founding: (1890) Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute, (1894) North Texas Normal College, (1901) North Texas State Normal College, (1923) North Texas State Teachers College, (1949) North Texas State College, (1961) North Texas State University, and (1988) University of North Texas. The university has been led by 13 presidents: Joshua C. Chilton (1890-93), John J. Crumley (1893-94), Menter B. Terrill (1894-1901), J.S. Kendall (1901-06), W.H. Bruce (1906-23), Robert L. Marquis (1923-34), W.J. McConnell (1934-51), J.C. Matthews (1951-67), John J. Kamerick (1968-70), John Carter (acting, 1970-71), C.C. Nolen (1971-79), John Carter (acting, 1979-80), Frank E. Vandiver (1980-81), Howard W. Smith Jr. (ad interim, 1981-82), Alfred F. Hurley (1982-2000) and Norval F. Pohl (2000-present). From 1981 until 2000, the president also carried the responsibilities and title of Chancellor of the University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Senate Bill 751 of the 76th Texas Legislature provided for the establishment of the University of North Texas System, and in July 1999, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board confirmed formal system status for UNT, including the Denton campus, UNT-HSC in Fort Worth and the UNT Dallas Campus (UNT System Center at Dallas). In October 2000, the positions of president and chancellor were officially separated with the appointment of Norval F. Pohl as President of UNT and Alfred F. Hurley as Chancellor of the UNT System. The university has had three chancellors: Frank E. Vandiver (1980-1981), Alfred F. Hurley (1981-2002) and Lee Jackson (2002-present). On August 24, 2002, the UNT Board of Regents named Alfred F. Hurley Emeritus Chancellor of the UNT System and President Emeritus of the university.

UNT is recognized as a comprehensive, metropolitan, research university and as a leader in the performance of many public services, assisting in the economic diversification of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and the state of Texas. In 1987, the Select Committee on Higher Education designated UNT as one of five comprehensive research and graduate institutions in Texas. UNT is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive. In 1992, UNT was elected to full membership in the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

With an enrollment of more than 30,000 in 2002-2003 and a faculty of more than 1,000, UNT is one of Texas' "Big Five," the state's largest and most academically challenging universities. It serves students from 49 states in the nation and from more than 116 foreign countries.

The university offers 142 undergraduate and graduate degree majors. Undergraduate students may choose from 98 bachelor's degrees. Since its founding, UNT has awarded more than 171,811 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. It has offered master's degrees since 1935 and doctoral degrees since 1950. As of October 2002, there were more than 86,865 active alumni in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and another 58,621 active alumni residing elsewhere.


The University of North Texas is in Denton, a friendly college town with a population of over 87,000 located about 35 miles north of Dallas and Fort Worth. The university campus is composed of 150 structures on 800 acres.

Many business, industry, education, government and cultural activities that support university studies are based in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

The University's Mission

The University of North Texas is the largest and most comprehensive research and doctoral degree-granting institution in the North Texas area and the flagship of the UNT System. The university is committed to excellence in teaching and the discovery and application of knowledge through research and creative activities. As the educational leader in the North Texas region, the university is dedicated to the development of the area as the number one region in the nation.

The university:

The university continues to expand its relationship with the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth; to develop the University of North Texas Dallas Campus (UNT System Center at Dallas); and to cultivate partnerships with elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, other universities, businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of education and community life.

The University's Vision

The University of North Texas will be one of the state's top-tier universities a premier educational, intellectual, research and cultural resource. As the flagship of a multi-institutional university system and the leading university of its region, UNT will be recognized for education, research, creative activities and public service, and for advancing innovations in the enhancement of learning. UNT will be an inclusive and diverse institution with an international perspective, helping to create an informed citizenry, high-quality graduates and a workforce well prepared for the global economy.

Achieving the Vision

To achieve this vision, the University of North Texas will:


At the heart of the university's efforts to carry out its mission are the faculty. Individually, UNT faculty members have been singled out for contributions to their teaching and research fields through diverse national and international awards.

Collectively, the faculty have contributed significantly to research and scholarship within various fields through numerous publications, presentations at scholarly conferences, concerts, recitals, exhibitions and performances.

Faculty leadership in teaching, research, creative activities, performance and service activities has created national and international reputations for excellence for a number of academic programs within the university's ten schools and colleges.

Student Life

A wide array of student clubs and organizations offer UNT students friendships with people of similar interests and avenues for organized and meaningful service. Included are national honor societies, national professional societies and departmental clubs, an active Greek system and special focus groups with interests that encompass everything from residence hall improvement, politics and recreational sports. For information, call (940) 565-3807.

University Libraries

Library facilities at the University of North Texas function as the nerve center for teaching and academic research. Four campus facilities house just under two million cataloged holdings, including books, periodicals, maps, documents, microforms, audiovisual materials, music scores, full-text journals and books.

Library Collections

Willis Library holds one of the country's largest music libraries, extensive phonographic disc and tape collections, a broad humanities and social sciences collection, the University Archives, and the Rare Books and Texana collections. Other unique library collections include the private jazz collections of Stan Kenton, Don Gillis, Whit Ozier and Leon Breeden; the private library of Anson Jones, president of the Republic of Texas; Texas county histories; miniatures; and examples of important early publishing, printing and binding styles. The library is a depository for U.S. and Texas government documents, including the Texas Register. The library also serves as an online morgue (cybercemetry) for government web sites and documents.

The Media Library in Chilton Hall houses a large collection of audiovisual materials, including motion pictures, tapes, recordings and videodiscs.

The Science and Technology Library, housed in the Information Sciences Building, emphasizes physics, chemistry, biology, computer science and library science and includes an outstanding collection in mathematics.

The Library Annex houses over 300,000 lesser used materials, sections of the University Archives, and the preservation and technical services departments of the University Libraries. Items located in the annex are so noted in the libraries' online catalog, and a reading room is available for users in the annex. The Library Annex, located just off Airport Road on Precision, is near the main campus.

Special Services of the Libraries

Through the libraries' membership in Texshare, students with a Texshare library card may borrow materials at college, university and public libraries throughout the state of Texas. Contact library staff for details. Active participation in the AMIGOS Bibliographic Council provides access to a variety of computerized library services, including interlibrary loans, bibliographic database searching and shared cataloging. The libraries have a large number of electronic databases available for public use both on and off campus via computer linkage. The UNT Libraries hold a membership in the Center for Research Libraries. The center, which functions as an extension of the local collections, is dedicated to acquiring and lending materials that complement and supplement the collections of the major research libraries of North America. The University Library has been designated a major research library by the U.S. Department of Education.

Computer Services

Centralized computing services that support instruction, research and student learning are provided through Academic Computing Services (ACS). ACS is a division of the Computing Center and is located in Room 119 of the Information Sciences Building. These services include support for a wide range of research computing platforms, student messaging, training, consulting and a university computing helpdesk (

In addition to the services directly supported by Academic Computing Services, computer services are also available from the University Libraries and many college, school and departmental computer support centers. Computer networks are installed in all academic departments, providing connectivity with a variety of general-purpose and specialized computing equipment. Online courses are offered with support from the Center for Distributed Learning using computing systems supported by Academic Computing Services.

Student Computing Services

Fourteen general access microcomputer laboratories, housing approximately 700 computers, are available to all students for use of both Windows and Macintosh personal computers. Laser printers are provided in all labs. Approximately 30 additional special-purpose labs serve students in particular disciplines or students living in university residence halls. In addition, all residence hall rooms have connections to the campus network to allow students to use a high-speed connection to the Internet on their own computers.

Academic Computing Services provides electronic mail to all students via EagleMail, a web-based e-mail system. Students can activate their EagleMail access online via the EagleMail web page ( EagleMail is used as an official communication medium between the university and students. Other Internet services available to students include personal web page publishing and dialup Internet access.

Research Computing Support

Academic Computing Services provides support for a variety of microcomputer-based software applications. Site licenses are maintained for microcomputer versions of SPSS, SAS, S-Plus and STATA, which provide statistical analysis capabilities.

Several statistical analysis packages, including SAS, SPSS and S-Plus, and most major programming languages are supported on the various multi-user high-performance computing systems. Academic Computing Services also maintains a multi-node computing cluster to support concurrent execution of long-running user-compiled programs.

The Computing Center also serves as a repository for a substantial body of machine-readable data including the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) data archives, Standard and Poor's COMPUSTAT and the Center for Research in Security Prices' CRSP data sets. The University Libraries also maintain a number of databases and other research materials on CD-ROM servers that are accessible through the campus network.

Consulting, Training and Help Desk Services

Consulting and training are provided by Academic Computing Services to facilitate the use of research and instructional computing facilities by students. A se ries of short courses is offered each semester to allow students to gain the expertise necessary to use campus computer systems effectively, and a number of computer-based training programs are accessible within student laboratories or via the web. Experienced consultants are available to assist students with technical problems.

The Computing Center provides a campuswide helpdesk service to provide students with information and help on a variety of computing problems. A number of documents are also available for help with common computing tasks. Also, Benchmarks Online (, the Computing Center's newsletter, is published monthly and serves as an excellent resource for current information systems at UNT.


The University of North Texas is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; telephone (404) 679-4500] to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Inquiries to the Commission should relate only to the accreditation status of the institution.

In addition, the University of North Texas offers programs approved by the following organizations.

AACSB International The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration
Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance/American Association for Health Education
American Chemical Society
American Library Association
American Psychological Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Association for Behavior Analysis
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Council for Exceptional Children
Council on Rehabilitation Education
Council on Social Work Education
Foundation for Interior Design Education and Research
International Society of Technology Education
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
National Recreation and Park Association/American Association of Leisure and Recreation Council on Accreditation
State Board for Educator Certification
Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
Texas Education Agency

Addresses of accrediting organizations are printed following the index.

Institutional Memberships

The University of North Texas holds the following memberships.

Alliance for Higher Education
American Association for Higher Education
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American Council on Education
American Political Science Association
Association of Texas Colleges and Universities
Association of Texas Graduate Schools
Broadcast Education Association
Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities
Conference of Southern Graduate Schools
Council for Chemical Research
Council of Graduate Schools
Federation of North Texas Area Universities
National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Society of Cinema Studies
Texas Association of Broadcast Educators
University Film and Video Association

UNT System and University Officers

Board of Regents

John Robert "Bobby" Ray, Chair (2007), Plano

Burle Pettit, Vice Chair (2007), Lubbock

Charles "Chuck" Beatty (2005), Waxahachie

Marjorie B. Craft (2007), DeSoto

Tom Lazo, Sr., (2005), Dallas

Robert A. Nickell (2003), Dallas

George W. Pepper (2003), Fort Worth

C. Dan Smith (2005), Plano

Gayle W. Strange (2003), Denton

UNT System Officers


Lee F. Jackson, MPA, Chancellor of the University of North Texas System

Norval F. Pohl, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and President of the University of North Texas

Ronald Blanck, DO, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and President of the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth

T. J. "Jack" Morton, JD, Senior Vice Chancellor for Governmental Affairs

Richard S. Rafes, JD, PhD, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel

Phillip C. Diebel, BBA, CPA, Vice Chancellor for Finance

Virginia E. Wheeless, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Planning

Richard L. Escalante, MA, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services

Cassandra Berry, BA, Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity and Diversity

Milton L. "Pat" Howell, Jr., MS, Associate Vice Chancellor for System Facilities

Deborah S. Leliaert, MEd, Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications and Marketing

Timothy N. Edwards, BBA, CIA, CFE, Chief Internal Auditor

UNT Officers


Lee F. Jackson, MPA, Chancellor of the University of North Texas System

Norval F. Pohl, PhD, President of the University of North Texas (including the UNT Dallas Campus)

David B. Kesterson, PhD, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Suzanne V. LaBrecque, PhD, Vice Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

T. Lloyd Chesnut, PhD, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer Philip M. Turner, EdD, Dean of the School of Library and Information Sciences and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for Distance Education

Richard Rafes, JD, PhD, Senior Vice President for Administration

Phillip C. Diebel, BBA, CPA, Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs

David L. Shrader, DMA, Vice President for Development

Bonita C. Jacobs, PhD, Vice President for Student Development

Deborah S. Leliaert, MEd, Vice President for University Relations

Joneel Harris, PhD, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management

Cassandra Berry, BA, Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity

Virginia E. Wheeless, PhD, Associate Vice President for Planning

Milton L. "Pat" Howell, Jr., MS, Associate Vice President for Facilities

John Ellis Price, PhD, Executive Director of the UNT Dallas Campus (UNT System Center at Dallas)

Academic Deans

College of Arts and Sciences, Warren W. Burggren, PhD, Dean

College of Business Administration, Jared E. Hazleton, PhD, Dean

School of Community Service, David W. Hartman, PhD, Dean

College of Education, M. Jean Keller, EdD, Dean

College of Engineering, Oscar N. Garcia, PhD, Dean

School of Library and Information Sciences, Philip M. Turner, EdD, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for Distance Education and Dean of the School

School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management, Judith C. Forney, PhD, Dean

College of Music, James Scott, DMA, Dean

School of Visual Arts, D. Jack Davis, PhD, Dean

Robert B. Toulouse School of Graduate Studies, C. Neal Tate, PhD, Dean

University Libraries, B. Donald Grose, PhD, Dean of Libraries

Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, Richard J. Sinclair, PhD, Dean

University Diversity Statement

The University of North Texas has a history of seeking to preserve an atmosphere of openness and tolerance. This university is committed to maintaining an unpretentious and accepting atmosphere welcoming to anyone who will strive to achieve his or her personal best. UNT possesses and values an increasing diversity among the individuals who make up its community. This is one of UNT's greatest strengths.

Individuals within the UNT community are unified by a primary purpose: learning. With that primary purpose in mind, UNT works to advance ideals of human worth and dignity by facilitating open discussion, supporting rational resolution of conflict and encouraging examination of values.

Harassment based on individual differences is inconsistent with UNT's mission and educational goals. Every member of the UNT community enjoys certain human and constitutional rights, including the right to free speech. At the same time, individuals who work, study, live and teach within this community are expected to refrain from behavior that threatens the freedom, safety and respect deserved by every community member in good standing.

Every member of the University of North Texas community must comply with federal and state equal opportunity laws and regulations. Such compliance will be not only a given standard, but is, in fact, a baseline from which our community works to assure fairness and equity to all who pursue their educational and professional goals here.

Students, faculty or staff who have concerns or questions should contact the appropriate office. Students should call the Dean of Students at (940) 565-2648. Faculty and staff should call the Division of Equity and Diversity at (940) 565-2456. TDD access: (800) 735-2989.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The University of North Texas does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admissions, accessibility, treatment and employment of individuals in its programs and activities.

The university provides academic adjustments and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined under the law, who are otherwise qualified to meet the institution's academic and employment requirements. For information, call the Office of Disability Accommodation at (940) 565-4323, TDD access: (940) 565-2958 or (940) 369-8652; or the Division of Equity and Diversity at (940) 565-2456. TDD access: (800) 735-2989.

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