V. Lane Rawlins
15th president of the University of North Texas, the nation's 24th largest university
V. Lane Rawlins is the University of North Texas' 15th president and joined UNT in 2010. He announced in March 2013 that he would retire once a successor was named.
Now in his third public university presidency, President Rawlins has a proven track record in elevating the quality and image of the universities he serves. Throughout his career, he has focused on maintaining strong connections between world-class research and top-quality undergraduate education. His ultimate commitment is to foster excellence in public higher education because of its power to transform individuals, regions, states and nations.
Drawing on his long career in higher education, President Rawlins is steering UNT on a course of excellence as it seeks to grow as a public research university offering the best undergraduate educational experience in Texas.
Driven by its four bold goals, UNT is growing its reputation with high-quality students, innovative programs for research and scholarship, cutting-edge facilities, and leading researchers, scholars and artists. During his tenure, President Rawlins is focused on:
Located in one of the nation's largest, fastest-growing metropolitan areas, UNT is a national university that is home to about 36,000 students and more than 200 degree programs in 12 colleges and schools. Founded in 1890, the university is the nation's 25th largest university and the largest, most comprehensive university in the North Texas region. The university awards more than 8,500 degrees a year.
Prior to joining UNT, President Rawlins led Washington State University from 2000 to 2007 when it was designated a top-tier research university and substantially grew its research funding. As president of WSU, he led the creation of a strategic plan that guided the university's drive for educational and research excellence. His leadership also resulted in increased enrollment of academically talented students; a more diverse student body; and a stronger statewide presence while still supporting the needs of its multiple campus locations.
Following President Rawlins' retirement from WSU, he served from 2007 to 2009 as the interim director of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center for Conflict Resolution, a regional program of WSU and the University of Washington.
Before joining WSU as president, he served as:
President Rawlins is currently on the Board of Directors for the Denton Economic Development Partnership. He twice served on the NCAA's Board of Directors and as chair of the Pac-10 Conference USA and Great Mid-West athletic conferences. He has served on the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Governor's Council on Global Competitiveness, and more than 20 other boards, including Boy Scouts of America, United Way and WKNO National Public Radio.
President Rawlins earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.S. in economics from Brigham Young University. He has focused much of his research on labor economics (especially the effects of education on earnings in people's lives) and public policy.
President Rawlins is a native of southeast Idaho. He and his wife, Mary Jo, have three children, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.