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President's Note

Gretchen M. Bataille

V. Lane Rawlins is the 15th president in the 122-year history of the University of North Texas. He joined the university in May 2010 and was officially named president that December.

The University of North Texas is on course to grow as a major public research university offering the best undergraduate educational experience in Texas. Having just been recognized for providing the state's most affordable public research university education, UNT is clearly on the right trajectory. We're making important progress in our performance while remaining true to who we are: a student-focused public research university that is the best choice when quality and affordability matter.

Our success centers on our ability to expand our high-quality faculty body in strategic areas and to make research and scholarship part of every discipline, from engineering to logistics to the arts. We've made significant progress in the kind of research we do and the amount of funding our faculty attract for their work — achieving increases in all major funding categories. We're focused on doing everything at the highest level to provide an education and to conduct research and scholarship on par with the nation's elite research institutions. And we're still making sure that helping our students succeed is central to everything we do.

These aren't just ideals. We're committing to them in concrete ways. They are part of the cornerstone goals of our new University of North Texas Strategic Plan 2012-17. We will tie our budget to the plan by funding only initiatives that help us progress toward our goals, and we'll measure our success against it. We will hold ourselves accountable to this plan. In turn, our students will remain committed to excellence and the highest goals of the university.

Our quality in many areas is unquestioned and we are broadening the base for the future. Building on our foundation in business, education and the arts, we are expanding top quality programs in science, engineering and technology. In all areas, we're committed to providing a high-quality, transformative education. Our goal is to deliver the education and research of a top quality public research university.


V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins


President's Note

Transformative research and education


Student research and sustainability


Timoshenko Medal, ACS awards, international leadership

News Briefs

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Faculty Researchers

Experts in engineering, computer science, poetry, environmental studies, instrumental studies

Student Researchers

Mercury legislation, math algorithms, library education, media ethics, neuroscience, consumer behavior

Faculty Books

Politics, natural language processing, sociology

End Note

Research momentum and support

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