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UNT Insider | June 2010 Issue | Dean of UNTís largest college to serve as provost

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Dean of UNTís largest college to serve as provost

From a UNT News Service press release


Warren W. Burggren

Warren W. Burggren

Warren W. Burggren has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs effective July 1.

Burggren has served as UNT’s dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for the past 12 years. Burggren's appointment will continue until a long-term president is appointed and the new president concludes a process to appoint a provost.

"Dr. Burggren's background in successfully leading UNT's largest college and the trust he has gained from the faculty make him an excellent choice for provost," President V. Lane Rawlins says.

"Having guided the College of Arts and Sciences for more than a decade, Dr. Burggren has shown the leadership and excellence needed to fill this critical position in the university," Rawlins says. "Dr. Burggren will help ensure that UNT continues to build excellence in all of our academic programs as we seek to become a major research university."

Burggren says UNT's progress so far is due to the university's commitment to maintaining a dynamic balance between academics, the arts and research, and he is excited to play a more direct role in that effort. 

"I'm honored to serve UNT in the role of provost and vice president for academic affairs at such a critical time in our institution's history," Burggren says. "Maintaining our existing areas of excellence, while growing our capabilities to become a national research university, will be a challenge. However, I know well the quality, capabilities, motivation and pride of UNT's faculty, staff and students. By working together we will succeed."

Burggren, a biologist, has served as dean of the largest of UNT's 12 academic colleges and schools since 1998. CAS has 17 academic departments ranging from the humanities to hard sciences and nearly 30 institutes and centers.

Prior to joining UNT in 1998, Burggren was chair of the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During his six years at UNLV, he also served as interim dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and director of Bridges to the Future, a program for UNLV minority students. Prior to joining UNLV, Burggren was acting chair of the Zoology Department for the University of Massachusetts.

Burggren's research is in respiratory and cardiovascular physiology, investigating the physiology of embryonic heart and lung, and their integrated regulation.

A native of Canada with Canadian and American citizenship by birth, Burggren earned his doctorate from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England and a bachelor's degree from the University of Calgary in Canada. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Canada.

Burggren serves on the National Science Foundation Advisory Board, Biology Directorate and is the founding series editor-in-chief of Ecological and Environmental Physiology, a monograph series published by Oxford University Press. He has been a visiting scholar at universities in Brazil, Australia and Mexico.

Buddy Price with UNT News Service can be reached at buddy.price@unt.edu.

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June 2010

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