Fashion, High Art
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HONORED FOR 22 YEARS OF SERVICE
community in August bid a fond farewell to former UNT System Chancellor
Alfred F. Hurley, who stepped down from his position after 22 years
with the system. Several receptions, as well as a black-tie gala,
were held as UNT and the North Texas region thanked Hurley and his
wife, Johanna, for their service.
The gala was held Aug. 24 in the University Union’s Silver
Eagle Suite. UNT System regents presented a large-scale painting
of the Administration Building as they announced its new name, the
Alfred F. and Johanna H. Hurley Administration Building, in recognition
of the Hurleys’ service and years of leadership. The painting
will be housed in the building, and the couple received a replica.
Hurley also received a mace featuring the university and system
seals. At their board meeting earlier in the day, the regents conferred
on Hurley the titles of Chancellor Emeritus of the UNT System and
President Emeritus of UNT.
Hurley joined the university as vice president for administrative
affairs on Sept. 1, 1980. In February 1982, he became UNT’s
12th president and the second chancellor of the then informal UNT
System. In September 2000, the regents voted to separate the offices
of system chancellor and university president. As a result, in October
of that year, Hurley became the system’s first full-time chancellor.
Under his leadership, North Texas achieved a 44 percent increase
in student enrollment from 1982 to 2000, becoming the fourth-largest
university in Texas. The university also successfully completed
two capital campaigns, raising nearly $200 million. More than $260
million has been invested in renovation and new construction during
Hurley’s tenure. In January 2001, the UNT System received
recognition as a formal system, making it one of six recognized
higher education systems in the state. It includes the UNT Health
Science Center at Fort Worth and the UNT System Center at Dallas,
which is a first step toward a new university. Projected to open
in 2007, UNT at Dallas will be the first public university within
the Dallas city limits.
LEE JACKSON NAMED UNT SYSTEM CHANCELLOR
System Board of Regents voted July 25 to appoint former Texas legislator
and Dallas County Judge Lee Jackson the new UNT System chancellor.
Jackson began working in the UNT System offices, located in the
Gateway Center on the Denton campus, on Aug. 21. He was vested with
the formal authority of the position of chancellor on Sept. 1, the
day after former Chancellor Alfred F. Hurley officially stepped
Announcing Jackson’s appointment and the approval of his three-year
employment contract, UNT Regents Chair Bobby Ray said, “What
a great day this is. We’ve met an important milestone in our
system’s history by appointing Lee Jackson as our new chancellor.
“He is a widely respected leader in Texas who brings a unique
background to our system. He is a pacesetter who has worked to develop
solutions for some of our region’s most pressing challenges.
He will build on the momentum of 20 years of great leadership established
by Dr. Hurley. We expect he will use his own dynamic leadership
to bring about changes in our system that will take us to new levels
of prominence in the region and state.”
Jackson had served as Dallas County judge, the county’s chief
elected official, since 1987. As county judge, he was responsible
for regional advances in transportation and was an advocate for
advances in public education, juvenile justice, work force development,
information technology, employee benefits and energy management.
Jackson represented Dallas County in the Texas House of Representatives
from 1976 to 1986, where he chaired the Business and Commerce Committee
and was a member of the Public Education Committee.
Jackson says he will initially focus on five priorities as chancellor:
developing the full potential of the UNT System; helping to create
a clearer and more visible identity for the system; enhancing the
quality of programs, teaching and research at the three system institutions;
promoting diversity throughout the system; and strengthening the
financial base at all system institutions.