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the pageantry and regalia of a formal academic inauguration ceremony
in the Coliseum on May 4, UNT officially installed Norval F. Pohl
as the 13th president in the institution's history.
began his presidency Oct. 15 following a unanimous confirming vote
by the UNT System Board of Regents. His inauguration completed a
process begun at the start of the 2000-01 academic year when the
regents voted to separate the offices of chancellor of the UNT System
and president of the university.
staff, student and alumni representatives and state and city officials
delivered greetings to the new president during the inauguration
ceremony. Joining UNT administrators in the processional were delegates
of learned societies, institutions of higher learning and the UNT
Health Science Center at Fort Worth and representatives of the student
body, international student body, faculty and staff.
officially received the university's mace and medallion, he shared
glimpses of his vision for UNT's future in his inaugural address,
"Shaping Our Future."
In his remarks,
Pohl praised Chancellor Alfred F. Hurley and other former presidents
for vision and guidance that carried UNT from its humble beginnings
as a normal school to its current position as the largest and most
comprehensive university in the North Texas region and the fourth-largest
public university in Texas.
events included a student party May 3 in the Coliseum with music
by DJ "Tiger" and Pat Green, and a dinner for the new
president following the May 4 ceremony.
video versions of Pohl's complete inaugural address are online at
Center executive director chosen
concluding a nationwide search, the UNT System has selected John
Ellis Price to become the first full-time executive director of
the UNT System Center at Dallas. He will take up his new responsibilities
KPMG Professor of Taxation and chair of the accounting department
in the UNT College of Business Administration. He joined the university
faculty in 1987.
director, Price will coordinate the ongoing development of the center,
with his primary emphasis on building its enrollment. He also will
work with citizens from southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties
who serve as System Center community liaisons.
naming Dr. Price as executive director, we have an excellent team
leader to continue the development of the UNT System Center at Dallas,
strengthen community relations and assist in our planning to establish
the University of North Texas at Dallas," says President Norval
UNT, Price was an accounting professor and dean of the school of
business at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss. He was also
an assistant professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.
As a member
of the UNT business faculty, Price received the college's 1996-97
Outstanding Teaching Award and the 1995-96 President's Council Teaching
Award. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from
the University of Southern Mississippi and a doctorate from UNT.
He is also a certified public accountant.
System Board of Regents is expected to confirm Price as executive
director of the System Center at its meeting in August.
hospitality management dean named
Forney, professor of merchandising, has been named dean of the School
of Merchandising and Hospitality Management. She has served as the
school's interim dean since September 1998.
which officially takes effect Sept. 1, pending approval by the UNT
Board of Regents, ends a statewide search to fill the deanship.
Forney is a seasoned scholar and an experienced administrator who
has demonstrated that she can bring great enthusiasm and expertise
to the position of dean," says David Kesterson, UNT provost
and vice president for academic affairs. "She will do an outstanding
job in guiding the school as it continues to grow in enrollment
and academic programs."
term as interim dean, Forney initiated numerous innovative programs
in collaboration with the merchandising and hospitality industries.
One of her most recent ventures provided UNT's online merchandising
degree to the federal employees of the Army Air Force Exchange Service
in U.S. military bases around the world. She also oversaw the development
of the online degree, which is the first of its kind in the nation.
her doctoral degree in consumer science and retailing and her bachelor's
degree in vocational home economics from Purdue University. Her
master's degree in home economics is from Ball State University.
coming to UNT, she taught as a faculty member at San Francisco State
University and was a state extension agent in community resource
development at Auburn University. She has been a member of the UNT
faculty for nine years and served as chair of the UNT merchandising
division for three years.
music dean selected
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Scott, director of the University of Illinois School of Music, has
been named dean of the internationally renowned UNT College of Music.
appointment, which begins Aug. 1, subject to approval of the UNT
Board of Regents, concludes an intensive national search for someone
who could provide distinguished and innovative leadership for the
Scott's proven administrative effectiveness and musical expertise
will complement the excellence of the College of Music and assist
in maintaining and enhancing its national and international reputation.
He brings a wealth of talents and experience to the position,"
says David Kesterson, UNT provost and vice president for academic
David Shrader, who resigned as UNT's music dean in August 1999 to
return to teaching. Tom Clark will continue to serve as interim
dean through most of the summer. Clark has served as associate dean
for academic affairs in the College of Music since 1995.
serving as director of the University of Illinois School of Music,
Scott served as associate dean for instruction in the Indiana University
School of Music and as head of the music program at Rutgers University.
He is also a distinguished flutist with an extensive performing
career and national awards and honors to his credit. He currently
serves on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association
of Schools of Music.
his bachelor of music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and two master
of music degrees and a doctor of musical arts from the Peabody Conservatory
at Johns Hopkins University.
vice president for development appointed
has appointed David Shrader, professor of music and former dean
of the College of Music, to the post of interim vice president for
to Chancellor Alfred F. Hurley, Shrader will serve for the duration
of UNT's $150 million capital campaign Campaign North Texas:
An Act of Leadership.
call to service comes in the aftermath of the death of Mark S. Moore,
who was found dead of gunshot wounds at his Corinth home after he
failed to report to work on May 21.
UNT is still recovering from the shock and tragedy of Mark's death,
we know he would want us to continue the momentum he worked so hard
to build for our capital campaign," says Hurley.
Shrader possesses a keen understanding of UNT and its specific fund-raising
needs and goals. He was our interim vice president for development
during the search process that brought Mark Moore to the university.
Afterward, he worked with Mark and our very talented development
team on many projects including planning and securing funding
for the $17 million Murchison Performing Arts Center. We believe
he is the right choice to supply the leadership for our campaign
because he is so highly regarded," Hurley says.
to being an administrator and music professor, Shrader is an outstanding
percussionist who has performed widely as a studio, chamber and
solo musician. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the
University of Iowa and a doctorate from the University of Oregon.
Johnny Jones has been named head men's
basketball coach at UNT by new athletic director Rick Villarreal.
The 40-year-old Jones, who last season was an assistant coach at
the University of Alabama, becomes the 15th coach to head the men's
basketball program at UNT.
A former four-year letterman at Louisiana State
University, Jones has spent the last 17 seasons coaching in the
collegiate ranks. Before joining the Alabama staff last season,
he coached for three seasons at the University of Memphis, including
two seasons as associate head coach and one as the Tigers' interim
head coach. He also coached for 14 seasons at his alma mater, LSU,
serving as assistant coach, administrative coaching assistant and
associate head coach from 1984 to 1997.
During his tenure at LSU, Jones recruited and coached
College Player of the Year Shaquille O'Neal, two-time All-American
Chris Jackson (now known as Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf) and former National
High School Player of the Year Randy Livingston. He helped secure
LSU's 1993 recruiting class, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation.
And in 1997 at Memphis, Jones helped accumulate a junior college
recruiting class that was ranked No. 1 nationally. Seven of Jones'
former recruits have gone on to play in the NBA.
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John Ardoin, 66, retired music critic for the Dallas Morning
News, died March 18 in Costa Rica. He attended North Texas briefly
in the '50s and received an honorary doctoral degree in 1987.
32 years as a chronicler of music in Dallas. His influence reached
beyond the city, and he knew many of the most important figures
in classical music of the post-war era.
He was a
frequent commentator on the Metropolitan Opera's weekly radio broadcasts
and was a consultant to the national Great Performances telecasts
for two decades. For 11 years, he wrote the script for Walter Cronkite's
narration of the New Year's Day international telecasts of the Vienna
the author of several books, including four about Maria Callas,
considered the godmother of the Dallas Opera. His book Callas
at Juilliard inspired playwright Terrence McNally to write the
Tony Award-winning play Master Class.
from the Morning News in 1998, Ardoin fulfilled a longtime
dream by moving to Costa Rica.
Merl E. Bonney, 98, of Boulder, Colo., Professor Emeritus of
psychology, died May 29. He served on the North Texas faculty from
1935 to 1979.
joined North Texas, the school offered only one course in psychology,
through the College of Education. Bonney, the sole psychology professor,
taught just seven students his first semester. Under his leadership,
that one course grew to a full department. He was instrumental in
establishing such courses as child psychology, statistics and abnormal
psychology, and he created a master's program in 1948.
his bachelor's degree from Willamette University, his master's degree
from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He
was one of the first researchers in the nation to hypothesize that
children play not just to imitate adults but to express their feelings.
In the 1970s, theories like his led to the creation of play therapy,
in which children use play to express their feelings about traumatic
said his best education came outside the classroom during his daily
walks through Greenwich Village in the 1920s.
used to go down to the garment district and watch as 75,000 workers
would leave the city and go to their homes," he told the North
Texas Daily in 1973. From that environment, he said he developed
his personal theory of psychotherapy: "You've got to love people
five psychology books and more than 60 journal articles. He served
as president of the Texas Psychological Association in 1951-52 and
was also a member of the American Psychological Association, the
Southwestern Psychological Association and the Society of Psychological
Study of Social Issues. An endowed lectureship in psychology was
established in his name in 1986 and elevated to a visiting professorship
George C. Copp ('40, '47 M.S.), 88, Professor Emeritus of mathematics,
died May 28 at Denton Community Hospital. He was on the faculty at
North Texas from 1950 until his retirement in 1977.
his bachelor's and master's degrees from North Texas, Copp earned
his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He served
in the Army Air Corps for three years, and in 1945 he served on
the advisory committee on aeronautics for the U.S. government.
He was the
sponsor of the mathematics honor society at North Texas, a member
of the American Mathematics Society and the Mathematical Association
of America and an honorary member of the Girl Scouts.
Ernest Flemming Crystle, 62, assistant professor of foreign
languages and literatures, died May 25 at Denton Community Hospital.
He began working at North Texas in September 1964.
received a bachelor's degree from West Chester State College and
a master's degree from Penn State. He had served as the undergraduate
adviser in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures since
1990 and taught the department's intensive French course for the
last 25 years. He was a member of the National Education Association,
among other professional organizations.
the UNT Student Association gave Crystle the 'Fessor Graham Award,
the highest honor bestowed by the student body, for outstanding
and unselfish service to students. In 1993 he was selected as a
"Top Prof" by the Mortar Board honor society.
E.L. "Buddy" Langley, 76, former vice chair of the UNT
Board of Regents, died June 13 in Irving.
retired president of GTE Southwest, served on the Board of Regents
from 1989 to 1995. He was a key player in establishing UNT's Texas
Academy of Mathematics and Science, a program that allows talented
high school students to complete their first two years of college
while earning a high school diploma.
enter TAMS following their sophomore year of high school, live in
a UNT residence hall and take regular UNT classes for college credit.
At the end of two years, the students receive 60 hours of credit
and the equivalent of a high school diploma.
1988, Langley organized a fund-raising campaign to support TAMS
before it could receive funding from the Texas Legislature. By December
1988, more than $500,000 had been raised to fund TAMS through the
1988-89 academic year, its first operating year. The Legislature
began to fully fund TAMS in 1989.
opened its doors, 15 of its students have received Barry M. Goldwater
Scholarships, considered among the country's most prestigious scholarships
awarded to students planning careers in mathematics, science and
engineering. In addition, 20 students have been named semifinalists
and six students finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, the
nation's premier recognition for high school student research in
science, mathematics and engineering.
donors recognized that you cannot bring every school up to the level
of students who are right for TAMS, but these students need to be
challenged," Langley told The North Texan in 1998. "Today,
you can't talk to any prominent business person in Texas and have
him or her not become enthused about TAMS."
served as chair of the academy's advisory board from 1989 until
his death. He was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters by
UNT in 1989. He and his wife, Dottie, were also named honorary alumni
of UNT in 1997 and of TAMS in 1998.
served on the board of directors of San Angelo National Bank and
as campaign chair of San Angelo United Way. He was named the 1987
Citizen of the Year by the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce.
retirement from GTE, he served as chair and chief executive officer
of Universal Service Telephone and as president and chief operating
officer of Rico Telephone.