Message to the UNT Community
On Friday, the Board of Regents of the UNT System will accept my resignation as of February 28, 2010, as an action item at the February Board meeting. I believed that it was critical for me to communicate directly with those of you I have viewed as my friends and colleagues as we built on a strong foundation to build a better future for this campus. We have had many achievements from increased enrollment and improved student success of a diverse student body to expanding the research funding over 60% in the past two years. We see all around us the creation of a new infrastructure from the Life Sciences Complex to the Business Leadership Building to the new stadium, all being constructed to achieve LEED certification to ensure our commitment to sustainability. We have established new degree programs in areas of need in the State of Texas and we have built strong international relationships. The past three and one-half years have been a tremendous opportunity for me to lead a great university. I recognize that great universities exist because of the combined talents of all those who contribute, and I have been fortunate to lead this university at a time when we could aspire to national research university status while retaining our commitment to Closing the Gaps to ensure a better tomorrow for the people of Texas. I know that this building process will continue, and I am confident that UNT will emerge as one of the great universities of Texas and the Nation. I have appreciated the opportunity to serve all of you, and I wish you the very best as you continue the progress that we have begun together.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to UNT.
Gretchen M. Bataille
UNT System News Release: UNT President to Step Down
Dr. Gretchen M. Bataille announced that she is stepping down as president of UNT effective February 28, 2010.
"When I accepted the UNT presidency, I made the commitment to serve as a transformational leader. I saw a great opportunity to forge a clear direction for the university's future and to take it to new heights," Bataille said.
"As a university community, we have made significant progress in many areas, including academics, arts, research, athletics and image and reputation. A better infrastructure is in place to achieve our strategic goals and to embrace new opportunities. Pride in our university is at an all-time high, and we have achieved unprecedented levels of state and national recognition. I am proud of these accomplishments."
Bataille had ambitions for UNT, set higher expectations for everyone associated with the university, and brought a good deal of energy to her job as president, according to UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson.
"President Bataille has been remarkably engaged with students, faculty and staff members, alumni and friends of the university. Her passion and enthusiasm have increased UNT's sense of community and institutional pride," Jackson said. "Her visibility in the higher education community and her efforts to advance UNT's image and reputation have put the university on the map nationally and raised its recognition statewide. Her efforts provide us a good foundation for the university's next stages of growth and academic and research achievement."
The UNT System Board of Regents accepted Bataille's resignation at its regular quarterly board meeting February 11-12, 2010. At that meeting, board members also considered processes for the appointment of an interim president and the search for a new university president.
"Members of the UNT System Board of Regents and I thank President Bataille for her leadership and service to the university," Board Chairman C. Dan Smith said. "We respect the strong sense of purpose that she brought to her presidency and her work to build an even better university.
"As a board, we are committed to a smooth transition of leadership through a thorough and inclusive search for a new president – someone who can maintain our momentum and continue to build a promising future for UNT," he said. "We're not going to let any grass grow under our feet during the presidential search process. The major projects that are underway will continue to move forward."
Bataille was named UNT president on August 14, 2006, and was inaugurated as UNT's first female president on April 13, 2007. Prior to joining UNT, Bataille served as senior vice president of Academic Affairs for the University of North Carolina System.