Gloria Cox steps down as Honors College dean

Gloria CoxFeb. 25, 2015

Dear UNT community,

Honors College Dean Gloria Cox recently advised UNT of her desire to return to full-time faculty status to pursue her teaching and scholarly interests. Effective immediately, she will return to her position as an associate professor with tenure in the Department of Political Science. Texas Academy of Mathematics and Sciences Dean Glênisson de Oliveira has expanded his administrative duties, adding those of the Honors College for the interim period.

I am grateful for the decade that Dr. Cox has served UNT as the founding dean of our Honors College. During her years of service as the dean, she has made a tremendous difference for our most academically talented students. I know that she will continue to contribute to student success through her teaching and mentoring activities in the years ahead.

Dr. Cox has a passion for the success and development of eager, talented students. As founding dean of our Honors College in 2005, she grew enrollments in the college from about 700 to more than 2,000 students in fall 2014. She initially began her efforts to build a university-wide honors program in 1994, a foundation for what we have today.

As the dean, she worked to advance undergraduate research across campus leading to our Undergraduate Scholars Day and The Eagle Feather journal, both in their eleventh years. In 2012, the Honors College assumed oversight of the Terry Scholar Program at UNT, which is now one of the largest in Texas.

I hope you’ll join me in thanking Dr. Cox for her service as an academic leader. Please wish her well and support her as she focuses on teaching and mentoring our students and her own scholarly activities. Please also provide support to Dr. de Oliveira as he undertakes his additional duties.


Neal Smatresk

UNT President