In fall 2013, UNT began discussion about its reaccreditation process. Reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges takes place every 10 years. One of the requirements is a Quality Enhancement Plan – a plan that allows the university to look forward and focus on initiatives that will impact student learning.
Neal Smatresk started his tenure as UNT president Feb. 3, marking his second university presidency. As UNT president, Smatresk will lead the university to strengthen its research, scholarship and artistic endeavors while continuing to expand the quality of its student body and faculty. He succeeds V. Lane Rawlins who is now serving as President Emeritus. President Smatresk started his first day with an early morning interview on WFAA and was profiled in the Denton Record-Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News.
On December 12, the UNT System Board of Regents voted unanimously to name Dr. Neal Smatresk president of UNT, the flagship campus of the UNT System. Smatresk, 62, will succeed V. Lane Rawlins who announced in March that he planned to retire at the end of 2013. Smatresk will join UNT February 3, 2014, after serving as president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas since 2009. Rawlins will continue in the role until that time and will become President Emeritus at UNT upon his retirement.
A hobby turned into a life-long career when actor and director Peter Weller ('70) first stepped on stage at UNT. Weller will receive a Distinguished Alumni award and an Emerald Eagle honor this spring.