University of North Texas System

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University of North Texas System
UNT headquarters in Dallas
Type Public university system
Established1890 (forerunner institution founded)
1980 (system created)
2003 (system formalized)
Chairman Brint Ryan
Chancellor Lesa Roe
Students36,000 (as 2014)
CampusUNT System (Dallas)
UNT (Denton)
UNT Heath Science Center
UNT Dallas
Colors Green and white

The University of North Texas System is a public university system, headquartered in Downtown Dallas, in the former Titche-Goettinger Building. [1] It is the administrative overseer of three otherwise autonomous Texas institutions of higher learning: (i) the University of North Texas, a comprehensive research institution based in Denton, (ii) the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, and (iii) the University of North Texas at Dallas in South- and Downtown Dallas.

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Dallas City in Texas, United States

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University of North Texas public research university based in Denton, TX, USA

The University of North Texas (UNT) is a public research university in Denton, Texas. Eleven colleges, two schools, an early admissions math and science academy for exceptional high-school-age students from across the state, and a library system comprise the university core. Its research is driven by about 38 doctoral degree programs. North Texas was founded as a nonsectarian, coeducational, private teachers college in 1890 and was formally adopted by the state 11 years later. UNT is the flagship institution of the University of North Texas System, which includes additional universities in Dallas and Fort Worth. UNT also has a satellite campus in Frisco.



The UNT Regents initially created the system in 1980 to optimize management with the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, which, 5 years earlier (September 1, 1975) became part of UNT by way of merger. [2] As a reflection of growth, the UNT System was formalized in 2003 by the 78th Texas Legislature.

The Seventy-eighth Texas Legislature met from January 14 to June 2, 2003 in regular session, and in three called sessions in 2003, and a fourth called session in 2004. All members of the House of Representatives and all members of the Senate were elected in the 2002 General Election.

Constituent institutions

University of North Texas

The University of North Texas, the System's flagship institution, a four-year general education university in Denton, Texas.

Denton, Texas City in Texas, United States

Denton is a city in and the county seat of Denton County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 113,383, making it the 27th-most populous city in Texas, the 200th-most populous city in the United States, and the 12th-most populous city in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.

University of North Texas Health Science Center

The University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) is a graduate-level institution which includes the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Public Health, the School of Health Professions, and the UNT System College of Pharmacy.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) is a graduate-level institution of the University of North Texas System, located on a 33-acre campus in the Cultural District of Fort Worth, Texas. Established in 1970, UNT Health Science Center consists of five colleges with a total enrollment of 2,243 graduate students (2014–15). The institution offers degrees in osteopathic medicine, public health, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and biomedical sciences.

University of North Texas at Dallas

The University of North Texas at Dallas (formerly known as the System Center and UNT Dallas Campus) is a university established as a branch campus of the University of North Texas in 2000. In April 2009, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board certified this enrollment and granted UNT Dallas status as an independent general academic institution. Now, the freestanding school is known as the University of North Texas at Dallas, the first public university within Dallas city limits. Freshmen and sophomores were admitted for the first time in the fall of 2010. Initially operated as a unit within the UNT System, the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law was founded in the fall of 2014, and was realigned within UNT Dallas on September 1, 2015.

University of North Texas at Dallas

The University of North Texas at Dallas (UNTD) is a state university, which began in 2000 as a branch campus of the University of North Texas, offering upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in multiple disciplines; in 2009 it became a free-standing university, offering a full undergraduate program as well as graduate work. UNT Dallas is the only public university based within Dallas city limits.

The University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law is a law school provisionally accredited by the American Bar Association. It is located on the campus of the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNTD) and is the only public law school in Dallas. The first class entered in the fall of 2014. The school is housed in the historic Titche-Goettinger Building in downtown Dallas.

University of North Texas New College at Frisco

Frisco, Texas is at the heart of the DFW economic boom located in one of the fastest-growing areas in the country and home to the $5 Billion Mile. UNT opened the Frisco satellite campus in Spring 2016. Undergraduate programs include Criminal Justice, Sports Management and, Strategic Corporate Communication; M.B.A's are also available at this campus.

Frisco, Texas City in Texas, United States

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Board of regents

The system is governed by the University of North Texas Board of Regents, whose members are appointed by the governor to serve six-year terms. The system added its first student regent — a one-year appointment that does not carry voting rights — in February 2006.

University of North Texas System
Vice Chairman

Current regents, Governor Rick Perry appointees

Milton B. Lee: appointed May 2013 — expires May 2017
B. Glen Whitley: appointed July 2013 — expires May 2019
Rusty Reid: appointed July 2013 — expires in May 2019
Gwyn Shea (born 1937): appointed November 2007 — expired May 2013, re-appointed July 2013 — expires May 2019
Donald Cullen Potts (born 1938): appointed September 2011 — expires May 2017
Alfredo A. Silva, Jr. (born 1955): Reappointed September 2011 — expires May 2017
Michael Roe Bradford (born 1946): appointed August 2009 — expires May 2015
Stephen Mitchell (born 1962): appointed August 2009 — expires May 2015
G. Brint Ryan (born 1964): appointed August 2009 — expires May 2015

Student member

Christopher D. Vera (student regent): appointed June 2014 — expires May 2015


His tenures as president, eighteen years, and chancellor, twenty years, are the longest of either position in the histories of UNT and the UNT System. In August 2002, the Regents renamed UNT Administration Building — currently sixty-two years old — in honor of Alfred F. and Johanna H. Hurley.

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  1. "UNT System Offices" (Archive), University of North Texas System, "UNT System Building 1901 Main Street Dallas, Texas 75201" (retrieved January 3, 2014)
  2. "Board Okays NT, TCOM Final Merger," by Joyce Hopkins, Denton Record-Chronicle, December 8, 1974
  3. "Hurley Chosen NTSU President," by Chuck Cook, Dallas Morning News, February 2, 1982, pg. 12
  4. 1 2 "Regents rename UNT Administration Building in honor of Alfred F. and Johanna H. Hurley," UNT News Service, August 8, 2002

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