UNT is special, with an honorable and successful history, and I am privileged to have served as president since 2010. I fell in love with UNT, its students, alumni, faculty and staff, and the broader community.
I recently announced that I will retire this year, but not until a new president is named and in place. I'm choosing to retire now because I believe UNT has made great progress and has a strong foundation for a new president. And I am still in good health, with a long list of unfinished projects and personal commitments that need tending.
My time at UNT has been extremely rewarding. Most of all, I have enjoyed helping to provide our students with the world-class education they deserve.
With 8,500 graduates a year, UNT is one of the top universities in the state for graduating students. We're just as proud of how workforce-ready our graduates are, thanks to the guidance and experience they get from our faculty and programs.
As you will read in this issue, our students and graduates are building successful careers and making great impacts in their industries by applying the knowledge and skills they learned at UNT.
It's a great reminder that, as an institution of higher learning, we aren't just awarding degrees, we are giving our students the power to change their lives and our communities. That is why we are focused more than ever on providing the best education and support possible to them.
I plan to stay involved with UNT since the UNT System Board of Regents graciously offered me the status of "President Emeritus" upon retirement. I will continue to do all I can to advance UNT. I hope you will as well.
Thank you for working together with me for a brighter future for UNT. Be proud of your place in the Mean Green Nation. I am proud to be a member and always will be.
V. Lane Rawlins