North Texas, University of

North Texas, University of

North Texas, University of, at Denton, Tex.; coeducational; est. 1890 as Texas Normal College, became North Texas State Normal College in 1899, North Texas State Teachers College in 1923. In 1949 the school's name was changed to North Texas State College, in 1961 to North Texas State Univ., and in 1988 to the Univ. of North Texas. Its music library is one of the most comprehensive in the United States. The university consists of colleges of arts and sciences, business administration, and education as well as a graduate school and schools of home economics, library science, and music.
The University of North Texas System consists of two educational institutions and one satellite campus in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area:

Planned University in Dallas

A 2001 bill passed by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Perry authorized the UNT System to establish the University of North Texas at Dallas, the first general public university within the Dallas city limits, once enrollment at the Dallas Campus reaches 2,500. (The University of Texas at Dallas, despite its name, is actually located within the city limits of Richardson.) A 2003 bill passed into law changed the requirement, allowing work to begin on UNT at Dallas once the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board certifies enrollment of the equivalent of 1,000 full-time students for one semester.

In December 2004, the UNT System announced its intent to seek approval for a public law school in downtown Dallas. A bill authorizing the law school was passed by the Texas Senate and the House Higher Education Committee in the 2005 Texas Legislature, but the measure died when it did not reach the House calendar before the end of the session. In 2007, a bill was again passed by the Texas Senate. However, the bill faced more challenges in the House and ultimately failed after being attached to an unrelated eminent domain bill. If approved, the law school would have initially operated as a professional school under the UNT System but would eventually have become a part of UNT at Dallas.

Board of Regents

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

Current regents

  • Gayle W. Strange, Chairperson
  • Don A. Buchholz
  • Charles D. Mitchell
  • Robert A. Nickell
  • Gwyn Shea
  • Al Silva
  • C. Dan Smith
  • Rice M. Tilley Jr.
  • Jack A. Wall
  • Meghan Vitrrup, student regent


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