University of North Texas System

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University of North Texas System
UNT headquarters in Dallas
TypePublic university system
Established1890 (forerunner institution founded)
1980 (system created)
2003 (system formalized)
ChairmanBrint Ryan
ChancellorLesa Roe
Students36,000 (as 2014)
Location, ,
United States
CampusUNT System (Dallas)
UNT (Denton)
UNT Heath Science Center (Fort Worth)
UNT Dallas
ColorsGreen and white
University of North Texas System Locations.

The University of North Texas System is a public university system headquartered in Dallas, Texas.[1] It is the administrative overseer of three otherwise autonomous Texas institutions of higher learning: the University of North Texas, a comprehensive research institution based in Denton; the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth; and the University of North Texas at Dallas in South- and Downtown Dallas.


The UNT Regents initially created the system in 1980 to optimize management with the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, which, 5 years earlier (September 1, 1975) became part of UNT by way of merger.[2] As a reflection of growth, the UNT System was formalized in 2003 by the 78th Texas Legislature.

Constituent institutions[edit]

University of North Texas[edit]

The University of North Texas, the System's flagship institution, a four-year general education university in Denton, Texas.

University of North Texas Health Science Center[edit]

The University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) is a graduate-level institution which includes the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Public Health, the School of Health Professions, and the UNT System College of Pharmacy.

University of North Texas at Dallas[edit]

The University of North Texas at Dallas (formerly known as the System Center and UNT Dallas Campus) is a university established as a branch campus of the University of North Texas in 2000. In April 2009, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board certified this enrollment and granted UNT Dallas status as an independent general academic institution. Now, the freestanding school is known as the University of North Texas at Dallas, the first public university within Dallas city limits. Freshmen and sophomores were admitted for the first time in the fall of 2010. Initially operated as a unit within the UNT System, the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law was founded in the fall of 2014, and was realigned within UNT Dallas on September 1, 2015.

University of North Texas New College at Frisco[edit]

Frisco, Texas is at the heart of the DFW economic boom located in one of the fastest-growing areas in the country and home to the $5 Billion Mile. UNT opened the Frisco satellite campus in Spring 2016. Undergraduate programs include Criminal Justice, Sports Management and, Strategic Corporate Communication; M.B.A's are also available at this campus.

Board of regents[edit]

The system is governed by the University of North Texas Board of Regents, whose members are appointed by the governor to serve six-year terms. The system added its first student regent — a one-year appointment that does not carry voting rights — in February 2006.


  • 1980–1981: Frank Vandiver was appointed President and Chancellor July 1980, making him UNT's eleventh president and first chancellor. He resigned August 27, 1981, to accept the presidency of Texas A&M University. The Chancellor's post, at that time, oversaw the University of North Texas and University of North Texas Health Science Center. The position for a Chancellor was created by the UNT Board of Regents in 1980 and the system was formalized in 2003 by the 78th Texas Legislature. Vandiver's thirteen-month tenure in the dual role as president and chancellor is the shortest of either in the one hundred and thirty-one-year history of UNT.
  • 1982–2002: Alfred Hurley was appointed president and chancellor on February 1, 1982, making him UNT's twelfth president and second chancellor. He stepped down as president of UNT in October 2000 to become the system's first full-time chancellor.[3][4] Hurley stepped down as Chancellor on August 31, 2002. He is currently Emeritus Chancellor. Hurley had previously served 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, where, from 1966 to 1980, he headed the History Department at the Air Force Academy and served as chairman of its Humanities Division.[4]
His tenures as president, eighteen years, and chancellor, twenty years, are the longest of either position in the histories of UNT and the UNT System. In August 2002, the Regents renamed UNT Administration Building — currently sixty-five years old — in honor of Alfred F. and Johanna H. Hurley.
  • 2002–2017: Lee F. Jackson served the UNT System as Chancellor from September 1, 2002 to October 6, 2017.He was appointed Chancellor of the University of North Texas System after a 30-year career in government in Dallas and the State of Texas. Jackson began his career in the Dallas City Manager’s Office, served 10 years in the Texas House of Representatives, and was elected four times as Dallas County Judge, chief elected official in the State’s second largest county. He received many awards for regional leadership, initiated new programs in juvenile justice, air quality, and transportation, and helped establish the Sixth Floor Museum in downtown Dallas which examines the legacy of President John F. Kennedy and the events surrounding his assassination there in 1963.[5]


  1. ^ "UNT System Offices" (Archive), University of North Texas System, "UNT System Building 1901 Main Street Dallas, Texas 75201" (retrieved January 3, 2014)
  2. ^ "Board Okays NT, TCOM Final Merger," by Joyce Hopkins, Denton Record-Chronicle, December 8, 1974
  3. ^ "Hurley Chosen NTSU President," by Chuck Cook, Dallas Morning News, February 2, 1982, pg. 12
  4. ^ a b "Regents rename UNT Administration Building in honor of Alfred F. and Johanna H. Hurley," UNT News Service, August 8, 2002
  5. ^

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