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UNT Insider | July 2012 issue | Former Utah State professor and administrator named UNT's new senior vice provost

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Former Utah State professor and administrator named UNT's new senior vice provost

From a UNT News Service press release


Yolanda Flores Niemann

Since early July, Yolanda Flores Niemann, a former professor of psychology at Utah State University, has been serving as UNT's new senior vice provost.

"Yolanda brings an unusual degree of experience, expertise and passion to this new position," says Warren Burggren, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "In our conversations, it was clear she is very excited about joining academic affairs and supporting the university’s push to achieve its four bold goals."

Flores Niemann served as vice provost at Utah State from 2010 to 2011 before returning to a faculty teaching role. She is currently principal investigator of a $15.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education Prior to serving as vice provost, Flores Niemann was dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Service at Utah State from 2008 to 2010. Prior to joining Utah State, she was principal investigator and director of two U.S. Department of Education grants totaling $26 million at Washington State University. She also served as department head and as special assistant to the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Washington State.

In addition to serving as the senior vice provost, Flores Niemann will be tasked with a wide range of strategic planning and review projects. Among those tasks will be leading a committee reviewing academic programs. She also will lead a team looking at centers and institutes at the university and how they are formed, how they function and how long they should be operational.

"UNT’s four bold goals resonate with my values and passionate beliefs about the power of higher education to affect lives," Flores Niemann says. "I am very proud to be part of a university that is providing such an excellent educational experience for students, while serving our world with application of the faculty’s cutting-edge research. I immediately felt at home in the Denton community. It’s great to be back home in Texas."

A native of San Antonio, Flores Niemann attended the University of Houston where she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, her master’s degree in education psychology, a master of arts in psychology and a doctoral degree in psychology with a doctorate minor in management.

Buddy Price with UNT News Service can be reached at

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