Belinda K. Newman will serve as UNT's ombuds beginning Dec. 10. Newman, who currently serves as provost of the Collin County Community College District's Preston Ridge campus, brings more than 25 years of higher education experience to the position including roles at Texas A&M University, the University of South Carolina and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
With Newman's appointment, the Office of the Ombuds will expand its service to include staff as well as faculty. As UNT's ombuds, Newman will provide information, advice, intervention and referrals to faculty and staff members to ensure they receive fair and equitable treatment. Gene Wright, UNT's first ombuds and former professor of English, served in the role for UNT's faculty members from 2005 to 2007.
"UNT is committed to providing an equitable environment that promotes inclusiveness and consistency, and providing the service of a confidential advocate for fairness for our community members will help ensure we remain true to that commitment," President Gretchen M. Bataille says. "I am excited by Dr. Newman's arrival and believe the understanding of the higher education community that she brings with her will provide an important foundation from which she can draw as she serves our community members."
A certified mediator, Newman has worked in mediation and dispute resolution within her various roles in higher education service.
Prior to becoming provost for CCCCD Preston Ridge she served as associate vice president for instruction as well as provost at CCC Central Park. She also worked as a CCCCD legislative and coordinating board liaison. At South Carolina, she served as associate dean of student development and at Texas A&M she was supervisor of judicial affairs.
While working for the THECB she administered grant programs. She also has worked as a legislative aide and intern in the Texas Legislature.
"This is an incredible opportunity to serve as the University of North Texas ombuds, and I am both honored and excited to join Dr. Bataille's team. During this historic time of growth and energy at the university, it is a distinct privilege to be a part of the new vision."
In addition to her staff positions in higher education, Newman has taught courses at CCCCD, Amberton University and UNT.
She sits on the Board of Directors for the Frisco and McKinney chambers of commerce, is a former president of the Texas Association of College Technical Educators, is a Leadership Texas alum and served on two Senate Education Committee task forces and the Texas State Leadership Consortium on Curriculum Development.
Newman earned her bachelor's, masters and doctoral degrees from Texas A&M University. She earned a mediation certificate from CDR Associates in Colorado.
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