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President's Note

Gretchen M. Bataille

V. Lane Rawlins is the 15th president in the 123-year history of the University of North Texas.

The University of North Texas has a long history of nationally recognized excellence in the arts, education and humanities. In recent years -- encouraged by the state's efforts to support emerging research universities -- we also have put more emphasis on fast-growing, innovative programs in engineering and science.

UNT is making good progress. Since the creation of our College of Engineering in 2003, the college has made incredible gains in enrollment, innovative degree programs and research. It has world-class programs such as materials science and mechanical and energy engineering. And it is establishing itself as a pacesetter in the areas of energy-efficient materials and green building technologies and practices.

Capitalizing on long-held strengths in the sciences -- which include a century-old chemistry program, a nearly 90-year-old biological sciences program and a more than 75-year legacy in the environmental sciences -- the university is fast becoming one of the nation's preeminent research hubs in plant science research. The scientists in our Signaling Mechanisms in Plants research cluster are studying how plant cells communicate, finding solutions for energy, agriculture, nutrition and medicine.

Guided by our four bold goals, we are focused on high quality in every area -- education, research, student support, workplace operations and community engagement. Our emphasis on students and student success includes a more intense focus on research performance and scholarship.

We strive to be a university that is at the forefront of new ideas and new technologies. Having innovative faculty who are at the leading edge improves the quality of education. And it means our students are taught in an environment that instills the knowledge and skills that are necessary to excel in their careers.

Sincerely,

V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins
President

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