V. Lane Rawlins
Today I shared with UNT students, faculty and staff members that I plan to retire this year, but not until a new president is named and in place. I wanted to be sure you also heard this news directly from me.
Our university is a special place, with an honorable and successful history, and I am privileged to have had the opportunity to serve as UNT president since 2010. Three years ago I never dreamed I would stay more than a few months, but I fell in love with UNT, its students, alumni, faculty and staff, and the broader community. Thank you for welcoming me so warmly, and for working together with me for a brighter future for UNT.
When I arrived, I knew almost nothing about the university or the community, and I came here with a plan to stay only a few months. As I learned more, I got very excited about the vision and opportunities at UNT, and when I was given the opportunity to stay around for a while, I gladly accepted.
I'm choosing to retire because I believe the university has a strong foundation for a new president and because I am still in good health. I have a long list of unfinished projects, family needs, and personal commitments that need tending.
I also plan to stay involved with UNT since the UNT System Board of Regents graciously offered the status of "President Emeritus" upon my retirement. This will not be a paid position, but one from which I can continue to help UNT.
This has been a difficult decision, but I believe it is right. I plan to remain UNT President while the UNT System conducts its search. I will continue to be president in every respect during that time. That means I will do all I can to advance UNT. I hope you will as well. Be proud of your place in the Mean Green Nation. I know that I am.
V. Lane Rawlins