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New president Norval Pohl
Photo by Stacey Cooper, Denton Record-Chronicle

New president inaugurated

Amid the pageantry and regalia of a formal academic inauguration ceremony in the Coliseum on May 4, UNT officially installed Norval F. Pohl as the 13th president in the institution's history.

Pohl actually began his presidency Oct. 15 following a unanimous confirming vote by the UNT System Board of Regents. His inauguration completed a process begun at the start of the 2000-01 academic year when the regents voted to separate the offices of chancellor of the UNT System and president of the university.

Faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives and state and city officials delivered greetings to the new president during the inauguration ceremony. Joining UNT administrators in the processional were delegates of learned societies, institutions of higher learning and the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth and representatives of the student body, international student body, faculty and staff.

After Pohl officially received the university's mace and medallion, he shared glimpses of his vision for UNT's future in his inaugural address, "Shaping Our Future."

In his remarks, Pohl praised Chancellor Alfred F. Hurley and other former presidents for vision and guidance that carried UNT from its humble beginnings as a normal school to its current position as the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region and the fourth-largest public university in Texas.

Other inauguration events included a student party May 3 in the Coliseum with music by DJ "Tiger" and Pat Green, and a dinner for the new president following the May 4 ceremony.

Text and video versions of Pohl's complete inaugural address are online at www.unt.edu/inaugural.

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System Center executive director chosen

John Ellis Price

Successfully concluding a nationwide search, the UNT System has selected John Ellis Price to become the first full-time executive director of the UNT System Center at Dallas. He will take up his new responsibilities in July.

Price is KPMG Professor of Taxation and chair of the accounting department in the UNT College of Business Administration. He joined the university faculty in 1987.

As executive director, Price will coordinate the ongoing development of the center, with his primary emphasis on building its enrollment. He also will work with citizens from southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties who serve as System Center community liaisons.

"In naming Dr. Price as executive director, we have an excellent team leader to continue the development of the UNT System Center at Dallas, strengthen community relations and assist in our planning to establish the University of North Texas at Dallas," says President Norval Pohl.

Before joining UNT, Price was an accounting professor and dean of the school of business at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss. He was also an assistant professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.

As a member of the UNT business faculty, Price received the college's 1996-97 Outstanding Teaching Award and the 1995-96 President's Council Teaching Award. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi and a doctorate from UNT. He is also a certified public accountant.

The UNT System Board of Regents is expected to confirm Price as executive director of the System Center at its meeting in August.

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Merchandising, hospitality management dean named

Judith Forney

Judith Forney, professor of merchandising, has been named dean of the School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management. She has served as the school's interim dean since September 1998.

Her appointment, which officially takes effect Sept. 1, pending approval by the UNT Board of Regents, ends a statewide search to fill the deanship.

"Dr. Forney is a seasoned scholar and an experienced administrator who has demonstrated that she can bring great enthusiasm and expertise to the position of dean," says David Kesterson, UNT provost and vice president for academic affairs. "She will do an outstanding job in guiding the school as it continues to grow in enrollment and academic programs."

During her term as interim dean, Forney initiated numerous innovative programs in collaboration with the merchandising and hospitality industries. One of her most recent ventures provided UNT's online merchandising degree to the federal employees of the Army Air Force Exchange Service in U.S. military bases around the world. She also oversaw the development of the online degree, which is the first of its kind in the nation.

Forney earned her doctoral degree in consumer science and retailing and her bachelor's degree in vocational home economics from Purdue University. Her master's degree in home economics is from Ball State University.

Prior to coming to UNT, she taught as a faculty member at San Francisco State University and was a state extension agent in community resource development at Auburn University. She has been a member of the UNT faculty for nine years and served as chair of the UNT merchandising division for three years.

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New music dean selected

photo courtesy of University of Illinois

James Scott, director of the University of Illinois School of Music, has been named dean of the internationally renowned UNT College of Music.

Scott's appointment, which begins Aug. 1, subject to approval of the UNT Board of Regents, concludes an intensive national search for someone who could provide distinguished and innovative leadership for the college.

"Dr. Scott's proven administrative effectiveness and musical expertise will complement the excellence of the College of Music and assist in maintaining and enhancing its national and international reputation. He brings a wealth of talents and experience to the position," says David Kesterson, UNT provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Scott replaces David Shrader, who resigned as UNT's music dean in August 1999 to return to teaching. Tom Clark will continue to serve as interim dean through most of the summer. Clark has served as associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Music since 1995.

Prior to serving as director of the University of Illinois School of Music, Scott served as associate dean for instruction in the Indiana University School of Music and as head of the music program at Rutgers University. He is also a distinguished flutist with an extensive performing career and national awards and honors to his credit. He currently serves on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music.

He received his bachelor of music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and two master of music degrees and a doctor of musical arts from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University.

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Interim vice president for development appointed

David Shrader

UNT has appointed David Shrader, professor of music and former dean of the College of Music, to the post of interim vice president for development.

According to Chancellor Alfred F. Hurley, Shrader will serve for the duration of UNT's $150 million capital campaign — Campaign North Texas: An Act of Leadership.

Shrader's call to service comes in the aftermath of the death of Mark S. Moore, who was found dead of gunshot wounds at his Corinth home after he failed to report to work on May 21.

"Although UNT is still recovering from the shock and tragedy of Mark's death, we know he would want us to continue the momentum he worked so hard to build for our capital campaign," says Hurley.

"Dave Shrader possesses a keen understanding of UNT and its specific fund-raising needs and goals. He was our interim vice president for development during the search process that brought Mark Moore to the university. Afterward, he worked with Mark and our very talented development team on many projects — including planning and securing funding for the $17 million Murchison Performing Arts Center. We believe he is the right choice to supply the leadership for our campaign because he is so highly regarded," Hurley says.

In addition to being an administrator and music professor, Shrader is an outstanding percussionist who has performed widely as a studio, chamber and solo musician. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Iowa and a doctorate from the University of Oregon.


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Men's basketball coach hired

Johnny Jones has been named head men's basketball coach at UNT by new athletic director Rick Villarreal. The 40-year-old Jones, who last season was an assistant coach at the University of Alabama, becomes the 15th coach to head the men's basketball program at UNT.

A former four-year letterman at Louisiana State University, Jones has spent the last 17 seasons coaching in the collegiate ranks. Before joining the Alabama staff last season, he coached for three seasons at the University of Memphis, including two seasons as associate head coach and one as the Tigers' interim head coach. He also coached for 14 seasons at his alma mater, LSU, serving as assistant coach, administrative coaching assistant and associate head coach from 1984 to 1997.

During his tenure at LSU, Jones recruited and coached College Player of the Year Shaquille O'Neal, two-time All-American Chris Jackson (now known as Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf) and former National High School Player of the Year Randy Livingston. He helped secure LSU's 1993 recruiting class, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation. And in 1997 at Memphis, Jones helped accumulate a junior college recruiting class that was ranked No. 1 nationally. Seven of Jones' former recruits have gone on to play in the NBA.

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Recent deaths

photo courtesy of Dallas Morning News

John Ardoin
John Ardoin, 66, retired music critic for the Dallas Morning News, died March 18 in Costa Rica. He attended North Texas briefly in the '50s and received an honorary doctoral degree in 1987.

Ardoin spent 32 years as a chronicler of music in Dallas. His influence reached beyond the city, and he knew many of the most important figures in classical music of the post-war era.

He was a frequent commentator on the Metropolitan Opera's weekly radio broadcasts and was a consultant to the national Great Performances telecasts for two decades. For 11 years, he wrote the script for Walter Cronkite's narration of the New Year's Day international telecasts of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Ardoin was the author of several books, including four about Maria Callas, considered the godmother of the Dallas Opera. His book Callas at Juilliard inspired playwright Terrence McNally to write the Tony Award-winning play Master Class.

After retiring from the Morning News in 1998, Ardoin fulfilled a longtime dream by moving to Costa Rica.


Merl E. Bonney

Merl E. Bonney
Merl E. Bonney, 98, of Boulder, Colo., Professor Emeritus of psychology, died May 29. He served on the North Texas faculty from 1935 to 1979.

When he joined North Texas, the school offered only one course in psychology, through the College of Education. Bonney, the sole psychology professor, taught just seven students his first semester. Under his leadership, that one course grew to a full department. He was instrumental in establishing such courses as child psychology, statistics and abnormal psychology, and he created a master's program in 1948.

Bonney received his bachelor's degree from Willamette University, his master's degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He was one of the first researchers in the nation to hypothesize that children play not just to imitate adults but to express their feelings. In the 1970s, theories like his led to the creation of play therapy, in which children use play to express their feelings about traumatic situations.

Bonney once said his best education came outside the classroom during his daily walks through Greenwich Village in the 1920s.

"I used to go down to the garment district and watch as 75,000 workers would leave the city and go to their homes," he told the North Texas Daily in 1973. From that environment, he said he developed his personal theory of psychotherapy: "You've got to love people first."

Bonney published five psychology books and more than 60 journal articles. He served as president of the Texas Psychological Association in 1951-52 and was also a member of the American Psychological Association, the Southwestern Psychological Association and the Society of Psychological Study of Social Issues. An endowed lectureship in psychology was established in his name in 1986 and elevated to a visiting professorship in 1995.


George C. Copp
George C. Copp
George C. Copp ('40, '47 M.S.), 88, Professor Emeritus of mathematics, died May 28 at Denton Community Hospital. He was on the faculty at North Texas from 1950 until his retirement in 1977.

After receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees from North Texas, Copp earned his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He served in the Army Air Corps for three years, and in 1945 he served on the advisory committee on aeronautics for the U.S. government.

He was the sponsor of the mathematics honor society at North Texas, a member of the American Mathematics Society and the Mathematical Association of America and an honorary member of the Girl Scouts.


Ernest Crystle

Ernest Crystle
Ernest Flemming Crystle, 62, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, died May 25 at Denton Community Hospital. He began working at North Texas in September 1964.

Crystle received a bachelor's degree from West Chester State College and a master's degree from Penn State. He had served as the undergraduate adviser in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures since 1990 and taught the department's intensive French course for the last 25 years. He was a member of the National Education Association, among other professional organizations.

In 1989, the UNT Student Association gave Crystle the 'Fessor Graham Award, the highest honor bestowed by the student body, for outstanding and unselfish service to students. In 1993 he was selected as a "Top Prof" by the Mortar Board honor society.


E.L. 'Buddy' Langley
E.L. "Buddy" Langley, 76, former vice chair of the UNT Board of Regents, died June 13 in Irving.

Langley, retired president of GTE Southwest, served on the Board of Regents from 1989 to 1995. He was a key player in establishing UNT's Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, a program that allows talented high school students to complete their first two years of college while earning a high school diploma.

Students enter TAMS following their sophomore year of high school, live in a UNT residence hall and take regular UNT classes for college credit. At the end of two years, the students receive 60 hours of credit and the equivalent of a high school diploma.

In March 1988, Langley organized a fund-raising campaign to support TAMS before it could receive funding from the Texas Legislature. By December 1988, more than $500,000 had been raised to fund TAMS through the 1988-89 academic year, its first operating year. The Legislature began to fully fund TAMS in 1989.

Since TAMS opened its doors, 15 of its students have received Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, considered among the country's most prestigious scholarships awarded to students planning careers in mathematics, science and engineering. In addition, 20 students have been named semifinalists and six students finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation's premier recognition for high school student research in science, mathematics and engineering.

"The donors recognized that you cannot bring every school up to the level of students who are right for TAMS, but these students need to be challenged," Langley told The North Texan in 1998. "Today, you can't talk to any prominent business person in Texas and have him or her not become enthused about TAMS."

Langley served as chair of the academy's advisory board from 1989 until his death. He was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters by UNT in 1989. He and his wife, Dottie, were also named honorary alumni of UNT in 1997 and of TAMS in 1998.

Langley served on the board of directors of San Angelo National Bank and as campaign chair of San Angelo United Way. He was named the 1987 Citizen of the Year by the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce.

During his retirement from GTE, he served as chair and chief executive officer of Universal Service Telephone and as president and chief operating officer of Rico Telephone.

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