Rick Perry has named Rice M. Tilley Jr. of Fort Worth as UNT's
newest regent and reappointed Gayle W. Strange ('67) of
Denton and Robert A. Nickell ('68, '82 M.B.A.) of
Irving to new terms on the board. All three will serve until
May 2009, pending confirmation by the Texas Senate.
Tilley is a senior attorney and head of the taxation and estate planning section
of the law firm of Law, Snakard & Gambill in Fort Worth. He replaces George
W. Pepper of Fort Worth who left the board after his term expired at the end
of the 2002-03 academic year.
Tilley is a former chair of the board of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and
Leadership Fort Worth and has served as a member of the board of directors of
the North Texas Commission. In addition, he has served as president of the Exchange
Club of Fort Worth, the Lena Pope Home and the Fort Worth Opera Association.
He holds current memberships on a number of boards including the Van Cliburn
Foundation and the Fort Worth Symphony Association.
He earned his bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University in Virginia,
his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and a master
of laws degree in taxation from New York University School of Law.
Strange joined the board in 1997 as a Gov. George W. Bush appointee.
She is president of Axiom Commercial Company Ltd. of Denton,
a small commercial construction company.
In addition, she is a rancher, land developer, writer and researcher.
Her association with the university also includes membership
on the President's
Council. Her civic affiliations include the Denton Chamber of Commerce and the
Greater Denton Arts Council. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from
UNT and a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Texas Woman's University.
an independent investor with a background as a commercial airline
pilot and a history of entrepreneurial
success in wholesale distribution,
became a UNT regent in 2000 when Bush appointed him to fill a vacated seat
He has served on the UNT President's Council and the College of Business
Administration Advisory Board. He earned bachelor's and master's
degrees in business administration at the university.
million for CART
first phase of a new Center for Advanced Research and Technology
(known as CART) at UNT was launched Nov. 10 with the announcement
by U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess of a $3.1 million appropriation
in the 2004 Defense Appropriations bill. Beginning in January
2004, the UNT Research Park will be the home of the new UNT College
of Engineering and CART.
Burgess, who championed the appropriation for UNT in the House of Representatives
while Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison carried the measure in the U.S. Senate, commended
UNT for its foresight in investing in nanotechnology and for taking the first
steps to serve as one of the North Texas region's research arms in this rapidly
evolving new science.
Nanotechnology involves exploratory engineering at atomic and molecular levels,
where the nanometer is a standard unit for measuring length.
UNT President Norval Pohl says the university's goals for CART are to acquire
and develop specialized measuring equipment so that UNT scientists can characterize
materials and devices at the atomic level.
"CART will add a critical service for helping transform academic research
to the assembly of actual products at laboratories in the region, around the
state and throughout the Southwest," Pohl says.
student population has climbed above the 31,000-student milestone
to bring the highest fall enrollment numbers this year in the
university's 113-year history — 31,065 students.
In Fall 2002, UNT's enrollment surpassed 30,000 students
for the first time. The 2003 enrollment is 2.9 percent ahead
of the 30,183 students officially counted last year. It amounts
to an increase of 882 students.
This is UNT's seventh consecutive year of increased enrollment. Last year
enrollment was up 8.3 percent, in 2001 enrollment was up 3 percent, in 2000 enrollment
was up 2.1 percent, in 1999 enrollment was up 3.8 percent, in 1998 enrollment
increased by 2 percent, and in 1997 enrollment increased by 0.2 percent. These
increases reverse modest declines in enrollment between 1991 and 1996.
The 2003 enrollment total does not include 355 out-of-state students who are
registered only for UNT courses offered on the Internet.