UNT names new Chief Compliance Officer

Clay Simmons, chief compliance officer for Oregon State University, has been named the new chief compliance officer and director of institutional compliance for UNT. His appointment will begin August 1.

"I'm excited to have Clay join UNT’s executive team in this important role,” said UNT President Neal Smatresk. “His depth of experience, extensive knowledge and leadership skills will be key in helping our university move forward with an effective compliance strategy.”

UNT’s compliance program addresses regulatory requirements governing the university, and the chief compliance officer is responsible for partnering with compliance professionals across the campus.

Simmons will develop seamless relationships with the compliance areas related to research and grant activities, finance, athletics, student affairs, professional services, and other highly regulated and institutionally defined areas of risk. UNT’s chief compliance officer also works closely with the UNT System and will ensure a seamless integration of the university with its partner institutions.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues at UNT to develop an effective compliance and ethics program that not only meets the legal requirements the university faces, but also serves the university community in a collegial and efficient manner,” Simmons said.

While at Oregon State University, Simmons designed and implemented the university-wide compliance and ethics program, created and directed the policy management process and reorganized the Title IX, Tile VI, ADA and Affirmative Action compliance structure within the office of equal opportunity and access.

Prior to joining Oregon State University, he was the deputy director for university compliance services at the University of Texas at Austin for six years, a management advisor in the university risk and compliance office at Texas A&M University for three years, and worked in various compliance-related roles within the Texas A&M University System.

Simmons holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M, a J.D degree from the University of Texas School of Law and an MBA from the Lowry Mays Graduate School of Business at Texas A&M University.