UNT's progress under Hurley

UNT's progress under Hurley

  • Changed its image to that of a metropolitan, public research university focused on becoming a top-tier public research institution
  • Increased nationwide recognition for many of its academic programs
  • Increased enrollment from nearly 19,000 in 1982 to more than 27,000 in 2000
  • Grew its endowment from $850,000 to more than $45 million
  • Transformed its campus with renovation and new buildings, including the Science Research Building, the Murchison Performing Arts Center and the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building
  • Raised nearly $200 million in two capital campaigns
  • Changed its name from North Texas State University to University of North Texas in 1988
  • Established the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science and admitted the first TAMS students in 1988
  • Established the UNT Office of Postgraduate Fellowships in 1993 to help students seeking distinguished scholarship, research and study opportunities

UNT System's progress under Hurley

  • Expanded the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and it becomes the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth in 1993
  • Received legislative approval to establish what would become UNT Dallas, the first public university in the Dallas city limits
  • Became designated by the Legislature as a formal system in 1999, making the UNT System one of six recognized higher education systems in Texas

Honoring Hurley

See a slideshow of the campus memorial service celebrating Alfred F. Hurley's life.
Read more about the legacy of Alfred F. Hurley

Hurley's leadership roles

  • Chair (Texas), Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors
  • Director, Association of Texas Colleges and Universities
  • Co-chair, Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities
  • First university chancellor/president and first person from Denton to chair the North Texas Commission
  • Member of the Boards of Directors: Denton Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Irving Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Citizen's Council
  • President, Denton County United Way

Timeline of Hurley's service

  • 1980: Joined UNT as vice president for administrative affairs
  • 1982: Became 12th UNT president and second chancellor of the informal UNT System
  • 2000: Stepped down as UNT president to become first full-time chancellor of the UNT System after the offices of chancellor and president were separated
  • 2002: Retired as chancellor and received the titles of UNT System Chancellor Emeritus and UNT President Emeritus

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