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University of North Texas
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University of North Texas
Presidential Search


The University of North Texas System Board of Regents invites applications and nominations for the position of President of the University of North Texas (UNT). As President, the successful candidate will lead one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing public universities, preparing students for the challenges they will meet in our ever-evolving world and leveraging today's momentum to guide the university into its next tier of success.

The University of North Texas
Founded in 1890, today UNT stands as the flagship of the UNT System. With a record high of sponsored project awards totaling more than $86 million in fiscal year 2023, UNT is ranked as a Research I institution by the Carnegie Classification and has also earned designation as a Hispanic- and Minority-Serving Institution. Boasting 250 degree programs and a thriving community that reflects the diversity of Texas, UNT helps drive the state's economy through educational excellence focused on career readiness, innovative research, and a spirit of entrepreneurship. Record-breaking enrollment in Fall 2024 soared to nearly 47,000 students — including more than 7,000 incoming freshmen — solidifying UNT's status as one of the fastest-growing universities in Texas and the nation. UNT's growth has been instrumental in shaping higher education across Texas — accounting for 52.3% of the growth in new enrollees at state public universities since 2019. UNT now ranks as the 3rd-largest university in Texas — behind only Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin.

As the university has grown, so has its reach and impact with scholarship and research spanning science, engineering, the arts, and everything in between. UNT students are encouraged to discover their passions while faculty and staff strive to provide a supportive and caring environment that helps them achieve their dreams. With a focus on preparing career-ready graduates at an affordable cost, students come from all walks of life and earned 12,000 degrees last year from UNT's 14 colleges and schools and the University has more than 476,000 alumni who are creating real-world solutions to change the world around.

With 16 NCAA Division I sports and more than 140 conference championships, UNT has worked to transform its athletics program in the last decade. Through facility improvements, strategic leadership, donor generosity, and excitement from fans, Mean Green Athletics is building champions and leaders. Now a member of the American Athletic Conference, the rise of UNT's athletics program is a testament to the hard work and top performance of athletes, coaches and athletic staff.

UNT at Frisco
Located on 100 acres in one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, UNT at Frisco opened its first permanent building — Frisco Landing — in 2023. The branch campus offers state-of-the-art technology in classrooms designed for team-based and project-based learning. Its proximity to some of the world's top companies and industries allows for incredible opportunities for students with partners such as the Dallas Cowboys, the OMNI PGA Frisco Resort, Toyota, Sam's Club, and PGA of America.

UNT has long served as a catalyst for creativity, continually fueling progress, entrepreneurship, and innovation for the North Texas region, the state of Texas, and beyond and with its branch campus in Frisco, the University is working to close the gap between higher education and the corporate world.

Position Summary
Appointed by the University of North Texas System Board of Regents and reporting to the UNT System Chancellor, the President serves as UNT's chief executive officer and is responsible for the effective administration of the university. The President oversees university administration and operations and sets the institution's vision and strategic objectives. With the support of a strong leadership team, the President will drive the university toward achieving its mission to empower students to thrive in a rapidly
changing world.

The President of UNT will be a leader in higher education innovation, prioritizing accountability and integrity, and approaching issues with an entrepreneurial mindset. They will be prepared to respond to the evolving higher education environment, while remaining focused on academic excellence, research growth, and student outcomes. The President will be an authentic communicator who effectively builds and strengthens relationships with strategic partners, earns the trust of stakeholders, and generates
support for the institution.

Leadership Qualities and Characteristics
To view the full Leadership Profile and list of Leadership Qualities and Characteristics, please visit https://www.spaexec.com/pd/UNTPresident.pdf.

Although a terminal degree and exceptional academic and administrative accomplishment and experience are highly preferred, the UNT welcomes and encourages candidates who have achieved noteworthy success in their respective fields to apply.

Application and Nomination Process
The Search Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submission of materials via email is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include contact information for the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence.

Applications, inquiries, and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Sal Venegas Jr., Partner
6512 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601
562-360-1353 (FAX)
Email: apsearch@spaexec.com
Refer to code “UNT-President” in subject line

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.





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Since 1890, the University of North Texas has been a catalyst for transformation for its students and the North Texas region. As the nation’s 26th largest public university, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while fueling the intellectual, economic and cultural progress of one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the United States.

A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates more than 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. As UNT’s strengths in science, engineering and technology grow, the university continues to nurture its core areas of distinction in music, education, social sciences, business, the arts and humanities. Leading Texas public universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars and designated a “Best in the West” university by The Princeton Review, UNT is known for its academic excellence.

By providing access, welcoming diversity and strengthening collaborations with our many educational, business and community partners, as well as building new partnerships across the globe, UNT's faculty and staff work each day to prepare students for the challenges they will meet in our changing world.

Fostering global understanding and promoting cultural appreciation are central to preparing tomorrow's successful global leaders. Our strategic international partnerships seek to improve quality of life, facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture, and allow for important research addressing global issues. UNT's campus benefits from a rich diversity of about 2,500 international students representing 140 countries.

UNT faculty produce groundbreaking research in a wide range of disciplines spanning the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology while also making nationally recognized contributions in the arts and humanities. The College of Music is one of the nation’s best music colleges with an internationally respected jazz program. UNT has the oldest program in emergency administration and planning and a unique program in applied philosophy and environmental ethics.

UNT also is home to many national centers and institutes, including the Net-Centric Software and Systems Center — a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center; the Center for Electronic Materials Processing and Integration; the Institute of Applied Science; the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling; and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity.

UNT has developed many state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the federally funded Center for Advanced Research and Technology, one of the nation’s most extensive facilities for powerful materials characterization and analysis; a high-performance computational facility; and a clean room/nanofabrication research facility (under construction). UNT’s research extends outside the academy as well, with field stations as close as a neighboring lake and as far away as southern Chile.

In addition, UNT is developing Discovery Park, a research park with technology incubator facilities on a 300-acre property near the main campus. The university also has developed a Design Research Center in the heart of the Dallas design district.

As the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region, UNT is growing as a national leader in education, research and scholarship, student support and community engagement — the pillars of a great public research university. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

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