Chancellor Alfred F. Hurley has announced his plans to step down
Aug. 31, the end of the current fiscal year.
he departs, Hurley, 73, will have served 22 years with the university
and the system — 20 years as the UNT System’s chief executive officer.
making his announcement Jan. 25, he said, “I feel the time has come
to seek new challenges and pass the UNT System baton to another
System Board of Regents Chair Bobby Ray says Hurley helped steer
the university and the system to new levels of achievement.
in large measure to his leadership and determination, the UNT System
and its institutions are stronger than ever and are well positioned
to rise to new heights of excellence,” Ray says. “He is an acknowledged
champion for all issues that support quality higher education.”
to fill the position began immediately with the aim of finding a new
chancellor by Aug. 31. Hurley says if the search takes longer than
expected, he will serve until it is successfully concluded.
plans to spend the remainder of his time as chancellor “working
at full speed every day.”
hope to bring the capital campaign to its stated goal of $150 million,
and I expect that we will continue to make progress in all that
is required to position our system as a recognized, major force
in meeting the ever-growing teaching, research and public service
demands of our North Texas region and the state,” he says.
“I’m not the
retiring type,” Hurley says, “so I’m exploring new roles that combine
my many areas of interest, including leadership in public service,
consulting work in higher education and the renewal of more of my
long-deferred work in military history.”
give $8 million
and Virginia Owens Street of Graham have given the UNT College of
Education a deferred gift currently valued at $8 million.
Street served the UNT System as a member of the Board of Regents
for almost 20 years. He held many key positions, including vice
chair, secretary, chair of the facilities committee and member of
the executive committee. He also helped create the UNT Foundation,
which supports the university through the stewardship and acquisition
of financial resources.
Street’s many years of service to the UNT System have advanced education
throughout the state, heightening the public recognition and reputation
of our institutions,” says UNT System Chancellor Alfred F. Hurley.
“I am profoundly moved and deeply grateful for his dedication to
this university system and to the education of all Texans.”
couple’s gift will support the College of Education’s elementary
graduate of Southern Methodist University, Street began his career
as a navy lieutenant. After World War II, he pursued oil and gas
investments in Graham, where he and his wife raised a son and daughter.
He was a partner in Street Investment Co. and a cofounder and director
of Breck Operating Corp. He served as mayor of Graham and has given
time and effort to a number of business and civic organizations.
holds the 1981 Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine Founders Medal,
the highest honor from the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth.
UNT awarded him an honorary doctor of educational leadership in
and Virginia have an instinctive drive to make a difference, which
is an inspiration to others,” Hurley says. “Just as their previous
gifts have set a pace, this recent gift has laid the groundwork
for other large gifts to the university from alumni and friends
in the future. They make a passionate statement about the importance
of the new Student Recreation Center
Rec center going up
on the new Student Recreation Center began in March at Chestnut
and North Texas Boulevard. Edwards and Chestnut halls were razed
to make room for the new facility, and preliminary construction
work was scheduled to begin on the site March 1.
will include a four-court gymnasium; a four-lane, one-eighth-mile
track; weight and strength training areas; a cardiovascular training
area; a rock climbing wall; and two swimming pools, among other
passed a referendum calling for the new center in October 2000,
and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved construction
for the planned $31 million facility in July 2001. The building
is scheduled to open in September 2003.
about the new Student Recreation Center or view the progress live