Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Dear UNT Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to welcome Susan Holmes back to our Mean Green Family in a new role in my office as chief corporate relations and government affairs officer. An industry leader in nonprofit management with more than 17 years of experience, Susan's proven track record of success in partnering with elected officials, corporate partners, and other key stakeholders in the North Texas region will help move our university forward. Her appointment is effective May 26.

Susan will oversee corporate and community relations at UNT and is charged with helping to build additional strategic partnerships in Frisco and beyond. These partnerships will focus on impacting our students through innovative experiences and hands-on opportunities. She previously served UNT as executive director of corporate and foundation relations in the Division of University Advancement from 2016 to 2018.

For the last three years, Susan served at the Greenhill School in Addison as chief advancement officer. As a member of the administrative team overseeing development, alumni relations, marketing and communications, she led a $60M capital campaign, worked closely with the board of trustees, campaign steering committee, major donors, and academic leaders to advance the school's priorities. 

While previously at UNT, Susan successfully connected the university to a number of regional and national corporate partners, which helped advance our university's Tier One research mission. She also dedicated a large part of her career to the American Heart Association through multiple roles in Dallas and in several Indiana cities. To learn more about Susan, read the news release announcing her appointment.

As our university strengthens our commitment to providing students with the highest-quality and innovative educational experiences possible, Susan will be a key asset in expanding corporate connections, partnerships, online education, and student internships. I am grateful she has agreed to return to UNT and will use her extensive knowledge and expertise in this new leadership role for us.

Please join me in welcoming her back to our UNT family.


UNT Proud, 

Neal Smatresk