Marching Forward

For 26 years, I watched UNT grow and improve while I served as a senior administrator. I’ve seen UNT transition through different leaders, each of whom brought new skills and priorities to the presidency.

When I retired two years ago, I never expected to have the opportunity to follow Gretchen M. Bataille as president. But it is a great privilege to serve our university in this way, even if it is for a short time.

As interim president, I will provide steady leadership so UNT can continue to make progress. Since 1890, when UNT was founded as a teachers college, our university has sought to serve the people of Texas and the nation. Through the years, we have expanded and progressed.

Today, we are a comprehensive, student-centered public research university. The two largest buildings in our history are under construction, and we are focused on achieving tier one status.

My goal is to keep UNT working together toward achieving its strategic agenda. Your continued support will be critical to our success.

UNT System Chancellor Lee Jacksonand the UNT System Board of Regentsare committed to continuing all of UNT’s major priority projects. They will seek a new president who is equally committed to the university’s goals. A longer-term interim president with proven experience in heading a major research university will be in place soon to lead UNT while a search for a permanent president is conducted.

UNT’s reputation will continue to grow as we teach and graduate increasing numbers of talented students. And UNT alumni will continue to make a difference in your communities, a longstanding UNT tradition.

Each member of our university community has reason to be proud of our past and hopeful for our future. My wife, Polly, and I hope to see you at an event this spring, and I thank you for the expressions of support I have received.

Best regards,
Phil Diebel
Interim President