Incoming Provost Warren Burggren named Michael Monticino dean of UNT’s College of Arts and Sciences until a permanent dean is named and James Meernik as acting dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. Both appointments are effective July 1.
“Both Dr. Monticino and Dr. Meernik have extensive experience in academia, which will provide them with an excellent background to head the College of Arts and Sciences and the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies, respectively,” Burggren says. “These appointments will allow the university to capitalize on its existing leadership talent to keep a seamless focus on meeting its goals of providing high-quality education to students while also working to grow as a major research university.”
Monticino previously served four years as associate dean of CAS and is currently dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies.
“UNT’s goal to be recognized as a major research university provides a clear focus,” Monticino says. “The College of Arts and Sciences will play a major role in meeting that goal and I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the faculty and staff in the college as well as the university’s leadership.”
“The university-wide experience afforded by my recent work in the graduate school will help me lead the university’s largest college in partnering with our colleagues across campus,” Monticino adds.
Likewise, Meernik’s experience as associate dean in CAS will aid his leadership of the graduate school.
“I look forward to working with President Rawlins, with Warren Burggren in his new role as provost and with the rest of the campus as we build upon the great strengths of UNT,” Meernik says. “Michael Monticino has made tremendous strides in positioning the graduate school to reach the goals set out in our Strategic Plan for Research. I am excited about continuing these efforts to improve our graduate education and support graduate students.”
Monticino joined the faculty in 1990 as a professor of mathematics. He was appointed associate dean for administrative affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2004 and then dean of the graduate school in 2009. He also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth.
Monticino’s areas of expertise are statistical analysis, probability models, operations research and environmental modeling. He has worked with the U.S. Navy, ABC TV, the Institute for Defense Analysis, Accenture and IBM to solve a variety of analysis and operational problems.
He was founding president of the Mathematical Association of America Special Interest Group for Business Industry and Government, a link between business, industry, and government mathematicians, academic mathematicians and mathematics students. He has been active in the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Visiting Lecturer Program, which promotes career opportunities for students, academics and others with analytical skills and applied mathematics skills.
Prior to joining UNT, Monticino was an associate with Daniel H. Wagner Associates Inc., a mathematical and computer science consulting firm.
Meernik, who is a professor of political science, joined the faculty in 1991. In 2002, he was named chair of the Department of Political Science, a post he held until 2009 when he was named interim associate dean for administrative affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Meernik just completed work at Iowa State University as a 2009-2010 American Council on Education Fellow. In 2009, Meernik was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist and taught at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México as part of that award. Meernik’s research specialty is transitional justice and international criminal tribunals.
Buddy Price with UNT News Service can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.