The North Texan Online UNT North Texan contents UNT North Texan feature stories UNT North Texan eagle tale UNT  North Texan alumni news UNT North Texan feedback
MoreUNT North Texan time tracksUNT newsUNT North Texan contact usUNT North Texan past issues
U N T news  


U N T System Chancellor Alfred F. Hurley and his wife Joanna

Hurley stepping down

UNT System Chancellor Alfred F. Hurley has announced his plans to step down Aug. 31, the end of the current fiscal year.

When he departs, Hurley, 73, will have served 22 years with the university and the system — 20 years as the UNT System’s chief executive officer.

In making his announcement Jan. 25, he said, “I feel the time has come to seek new challenges and pass the UNT System baton to another leader.”

UNT System Board of Regents Chair Bobby Ray says Hurley helped steer the university and the system to new levels of achievement.

“Thanks in large measure to his leadership and determination, the UNT System and its institutions are stronger than ever and are well positioned to rise to new heights of excellence,” Ray says. “He is an acknowledged champion for all issues that support quality higher education.”

The search to fill the position began immediately with the aim of finding a new chancellor by Aug. 31. Hurley says if the search takes longer than expected, he will serve until it is successfully concluded.

He plans to spend the remainder of his time as chancellor “working at full speed every day.”

“I hope to bring the capital campaign to its stated goal of $150 million, and I expect that we will continue to make progress in all that is required to position our system as a recognized, major force in meeting the ever-growing teaching, research and public service demands of our North Texas region and the state,” he says.

“I’m not the retiring type,” Hurley says, “so I’m exploring new roles that combine my many areas of interest, including leadership in public service, consulting work in higher education and the renewal of more of my long-deferred work in military history.”

Back to top


Streets give $8 million

E. Bruce and Virginia Owens Street of Graham have given the UNT College of Education a deferred gift currently valued at $8 million.

Bruce Street served the UNT System as a member of the Board of Regents for almost 20 years. He held many key positions, including vice chair, secretary, chair of the facilities committee and member of the executive committee. He also helped create the UNT Foundation, which supports the university through the stewardship and acquisition of financial resources.

“Bruce Street’s many years of service to the UNT System have advanced education throughout the state, heightening the public recognition and reputation of our institutions,” says UNT System Chancellor Alfred F. Hurley. “I am profoundly moved and deeply grateful for his dedication to this university system and to the education of all Texans.”

The couple’s gift will support the College of Education’s elementary education program.

A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Street began his career as a navy lieutenant. After World War II, he pursued oil and gas investments in Graham, where he and his wife raised a son and daughter. He was a partner in Street Investment Co. and a cofounder and director of Breck Operating Corp. He served as mayor of Graham and has given time and effort to a number of business and civic organizations.

He holds the 1981 Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine Founders Medal, the highest honor from the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth. UNT awarded him an honorary doctor of educational leadership in 1991.

“Bruce and Virginia have an instinctive drive to make a difference, which is an inspiration to others,” Hurley says. “Just as their previous gifts have set a pace, this recent gift has laid the groundwork for other large gifts to the university from alumni and friends in the future. They make a passionate statement about the importance of education.”

Back to top

drawing of the design of the new Student Recreation Center
Design of the new Student Recreation Center

Rec center going up

Construction on the new Student Recreation Center began in March at Chestnut and North Texas Boulevard. Edwards and Chestnut halls were razed to make room for the new facility, and preliminary construction work was scheduled to begin on the site March 1.

The center will include a four-court gymnasium; a four-lane, one-eighth-mile track; weight and strength training areas; a cardiovascular training area; a rock climbing wall; and two swimming pools, among other facilities.

UNT students passed a referendum calling for the new center in October 2000, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved construction for the planned $31 million facility in July 2001. The building is scheduled to open in September 2003.

Learn more about the new Student Recreation Center or view the progress live at

Back to top

UNT home UNT calendarCampaign North TexasNorth Texas Exesathletics