The Opportunity

Since 1890, the University of North Texas (UNT) has been a catalyst for transformation for its students and the North Texas region. UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to over 40,000 diverse students while fueling the intellectual, economic, and cultural progress of one of the most dynamic, fastest-growing regions in the United States. A student-focused, public, Carnegie Tier One Research University with an emphasis on sustainability, UNT offers 103 bachelor’s, 86 master’s, and 38 doctoral degree programs, 72 of which are ranked nationally in the top 100 programs. Located in Denton, 36 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth, UNT is growing as one of the region’s largest and most comprehensive universities, with 4,600 dedicated faculty and staff members focused on helping students succeed, as well as more than 450 student organizations, 42 fraternities and sororities, and 145 academic and honor societies. UNT believes in the power of diversity and inclusion: in 2020, the University met one of its high-priority diversity goals being designated as a Hispanic Serving University, based on the diversity of its student body (25% Hispanic, 15% Black, 8% Asian, 1% American Indian, 7% International, and 42% Caucasian).

At the University of North Texas, it is expected that students will be exposed to many career development experiences throughout their academic tenure. These experiences are found throughout the campus and are not only centralized through the Career Center, but also integrated into the student’s academic college and co-curricular experiences. Students will be deliberately and strategically connected to career development opportunities from the time they transition to campus throughout their entire UNT experience.

The University of North Texas believes in the power of a caring and creative community, preparing students for careers in a rapidly changing world. UNT is celebrated as the state’s most creative public university, nationally recognized for its excellence in the arts. UNT strives to be a diverse and inclusive institution, creating knowledge and innovations that will shape the future while cultivating excellence in the next generation of scholars and leaders for the global community.

The Position

Role of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs – Career Success for University of North Texas


Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, with a dotted-line report to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs-Career Success (AVP) provides strategic and visionary leadership to enhance the career preparation of all students at UNT. This position oversees all aspects of the Career Center that are responsible for centralized career development services and strategies supporting undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni. The AVP administers and manages a comprehensive and integrated strategy across UNT’s colleges to engage students in career exploration, career skill development, experiential activities, and opportunities that help them achieve post-graduation goals; comprehensively engage potential employers; and develop employer-student connections, on-campus student employment, internships, and post-graduation jobs.

The Assistant Vice President plays a significant and visible role in moving the institution’s strategic and operational initiatives forward by building relationships across campus as an innovative and trusted partner. Success in the role requires a solution-focused leader with a demonstrated breadth of knowledge, skills, and depth of operations. Additionally, the AVP is committed to diversity and UNT’s role as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) to attract, support, and invest in a diverse student body. The Assistant Vice President is responsible for thinking broadly, creatively, and collaboratively in all aspects of delivering career services to the many constituencies served. The AVP manages a dynamic professional team of 29, including 8 direct reports, and oversees a budget totaling $2.8 million.

Central to this position is the responsibility to further the development of the following:

  • continue to expand efforts across campus to allow for more orchestrated support to meet students in each phase of the career development process;
  • work closely with deans, department chairs, and faculty to systemically integrate career development into academic units;
  • assist in building immersive student career experiences that take into account specific academic/professional development needs;
  • assist students in developing career success skills that will carry them beyond their time at UNT;
  • track outcomes of students based upon job placement and student satisfaction, and subsequently tell a compelling story of success outcomes utilizing data and career frameworks;
  • utilize and maximize technology to the student’s greatest advantage.

Specific Responsibilities

  • develops strategic goals and objectives for the Career Center, which supports and promotes the goals of the division and University
  • provides direct supervision, training, and evaluation of programs and staff in the Career Center
  • provides oversight of operations and maintains appropriate contact with personnel to ensure that response to the needs of students, faculty, staff, and employers is effective, service-oriented, and reflects professional best practices
  • partners with College Deans to support career development
  • supports career development opportunities within classes and curriculum
  • advances student credentialing experiences
  • develops and ensures a culture of continuous improvement in the Career Center
  • conducts data-driven strategic planning and decision making
  • ensures student learning outcomes and quality of service standards are developed and assessed to ensure identified outcomes are achieved
  • develops collaborative programs that cross divisional lines to support student success
  • designs, expands, and sustains strategic relationships with employers, alumni, and other partners in the extended community to support UNT’s mission
  • nurtures existing relationships and establishes new connections with employers who support the recruitment and employment of UNT students by maintaining excellent employer relations; consulting with employers regarding college relations/recruiting issues; and overseeing and conducting outreach to new employers
  • demonstrates fiscal responsibility in adhering to fiscal parameters and established guidelines in the administration of the approved budget
  • develops and oversees career and life-success initiatives and outreach for students, and oversees policy development, resources, and education
  • collaborates with other campus constituencies to promote career and life success, as well as student growth and learning
  • serves on university committees, councils, and other individual assignments and within related professional associations when workload and opportunities permit
  • maintains high visibility within the campus community, particularly with students
  • attends and participates in local, state, regional, or national meetings relevant to the field of career development and/or student affairs, as appropriate
  • serves as a Campus Security Authority for Clery and a Responsible Employee under Title IX
(From left) UNT TAMS students Lucy Kim, Nikhil Vicas, and Abhishek Joshi photographed in front of the Life Sciences building in Denton, Texas on January 24, 2019. (Ranjani Groth/UNT Photo)

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

The new Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs-Career Success must possess a broad and deep understanding of national best practices and innovations with regard to the career development field, be able to cull the best parts of these programs, and then build UNT’s program to even greater heights. The AVP should be an experienced leader who has had success building and advancing a career services program/office at another institution (or institutions), be capable of managing multiple priorities, and be equipped to contribute at both a strategic and tactical level to a vibrant and fast-paced Division of Student Affairs. Creating an integrated approach to help students build leadership skills, develop and demonstrate career readiness competencies, gain relevant experience, and construct professional networks that will complement their academic degree programs and advance their personal journey towards realizing current and future career aspirations must be central to the AVP’s focus at UNT.

It is critical to identify a competent and visionary individual who can promote and develop the staff/team, set departmental priorities, and boldly lead UNT’s career program into the future. The following were identified as possible opportunities, priorities, and challenges that will face the new Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs-Career Success.

  • The career “hub-and-spokes model” utilized at UNT offers a great opportunity to sustain and expand outreach to faculty to educate them on the mission, programs, and services of the Center. The Career Center utilizes a somewhat decentralized structure in which liaisons from within the department work directly with the various academic colleges and schools, spending much of their time in the colleges or schools with whom they liaison. The new AVP must be keenly aware of this structure (previous experience within this type of organization would be helpful) and be able to collaborate and build strong partnerships with these academic units to promote a strong career network across the UNT campus. Simultaneously, they must leverage faculty members’ influence as educators to infuse the language of career readiness competencies into the curriculum and the advisory relationships they have with students that position them (e.g., faculty) to amplify effective messages touting the importance of utilizing the many resources and opportunities designed to support students’ leadership and professional development and prepare them for future careers that are available through UNT. This ability to communicate effectively with academic deans and other academic administrators will be the key to establishing long-term relationships that will strengthen the student experience across the board.
  • There is a keen interest in attracting candidates with a proven record of innovation and the ability to set and implement a strategic vision that incorporates life skills, leadership development, extensive employer relations, and a robust program of career readiness/career development into the Career Center’s agenda. With this in mind, the new AVP should be an experienced leader who has previously been afforded a stage on which they have directed an innovative and forward-leaning organization. Raising awareness across the campus landscape regarding students’ participation in the career development process from day one is crucial to the success of the program moving forward. The new AVP must be willing to take some calculated risks to innovate, sparking interest and utilization of services among students who historically have not engaged with the Career Center, as well as freshen the brand, making it more edgy and enticing to today’s media-savvy student body.
  • The University of North Texas is a rapidly growing institution, with currently over 40,000 students and adding more each year. Additionally, UNT has undertaken 14 new buildings and major renovations in the last eight years, which is a major milestone. As the institution continues to grow, the expectations and resources needed to serve those students also increase. Upon arrival, the Associate Vice President should be prepared to conduct a “listening tour” with the staff in the department, the division, the Colleges, and other relevant stakeholders across campus to determine the current state of the Career Center and its perceived needs. The AVP should then conduct a formal assessment of resources currently available, also utilizing the results of a recent task force review, to subsequently develop an operational and strategic plan that encompasses the current and future resource needs of the department, including organizational structure. With a sound strategic plan in hand and well-crafted resource requests based on solid assessment, the AVP will be afforded ample opportunities to put their own lasting professional mark on the program and can expect abundant support from the UNT administration in creating the “best career development program in the country.”
  • The University of North Texas operates a growing campus in Frisco, Texas, which is approximately 20 miles from the main campus in Denton and in the hotbed of the North Platinum Corridor. UNT at Frisco is focused on providing degree programs that prepare undergraduate students for in-demand jobs and put graduate students in a position to advance their careers. As the footprint of the Frisco campus grows (currently serving 2,657 students, but predictions show large growth trends in the near future), the AVP should ensure that programs and services emanating from the Career Center are extended to the Frisco Campus. In addition, the Frisco area is attracting many impressive Fortune 500 companies, as well as various dynamic emerging industries, with Toyota, Liberty Mutual, and Fidelity just a few of the corporations recently locating their headquarters to the area. This is an ideal opportunity for the AVP to generate professional relationships and collaborative partnerships with these employers that can result in a myriad of connective educational, internship, and employment opportunities for the UNT students and alumni.
  • The new AVP must commit to a comprehensive culture of collaboration and partnering across campus for maximum effectiveness. The University of North Texas is committed to building relationships as a foundation of its campus culture, and strong collaboration is an absolute necessity in all endeavors to ensure success. The Career Center touches a number of other departments and entities within Student Affairs and various academic departments, so it will be crucial that the new AVP quickly reach out across campus to build strong relationships and partnerships to foster ongoing positive collaborations and be a “connector” in all instances. Serving as the “face” of the department, the new AVP will have an opportunity to focus on a myriad of internal and external partners and tell the story of Career Services from the standpoint of an expert in the field. With a direct-line report to the Vice President for Student Affairs and a dotted-line report to the University Provost, it will be crucial for the new AVP to immerse themselves in both areas, making strong connections with Student Affairs colleagues and College Deans alike, ensuring collegial interactions across the board.
  • Regarding the departmental team, the staff of the Career Center is committed to the vision of assisting students in every way, and they are dedicated to offering the best service possible. The new AVP should make it a priority to quickly get to know the staff as individuals, learn their particular needs, develop trust and confidence across the board, ascertain the programs and services that they conduct, determine proper organizational structure to maximize effectiveness, and be prepared to provide comprehensive professional support for all staff and oversee the ongoing development of a strong team.
  • There is a great measure of support at UNT for continued advancement and change, with no satisfaction for the status quo, and that change appears to be fast and dramatic. The new Assistant Vice President will be asked to onboard quickly, learn the office, staff, and institution, and be prepared to begin moving forward speedily; in doing so, the AVP should ensure that the successful programs and services currently in place are celebrated and further strengthened, and also be prepared to sunset programs and services that are assessed to be less effective. A fresh look at new and cutting-edge technology is both needed and expected.
  • One staff member described UNT as “one heckuva good place to work,” while other stakeholders mentioned the positive working and living environment, the strong school system, the food and music scenes, and the collegiality of fellow employees as great reasons to be drawn to UNT and Denton. Featured in many “Best Places to Live” publications, Denton is a destination, and UNT is recognized as an “on the move,” thriving institution that cares for its people on all levels.

Measures of Success 

At an appropriate interval after joining the University of North Texas, the items listed below will initially define success for the new Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs-Career Success.

  • The UNT Career Center staff is working together cohesively as a team, morale is high and rising, staff vacancies are being filled as quickly as possible, the AVP is consistently available and willing to listen to staff, and professional development opportunities are abundant.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are foundational concepts throughout the UNT Career Center, in hiring and other internal practices, as well as outreach to the UNT campus and beyond, to ensure that underrepresented communities present at UNT feel valued, heard, and supported.
  • Relationships with faculty and deans have been cultivated and solidified, and there is an established collaborative network between the Career Center and the colleges at UNT.
  • UNT’s Career Center is seen as an “expert” regarding career-related programs and services offered to students, the staff are seen as valuable and resourceful, and the AVP and staff are recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for their efforts through educational presentations, speaking engagements, and consulting opportunities.
  • Based on concrete data from proven assessment methods, the number of students utilizing the Career Center resources and finding degree-related employment, as well as the number of internships available, is rising; additionally, students indicate in these assessments that the Career Center has assisted them in their career journey and there is a perception that the University cares about their future success.
  • Employer feedback is positive, and employers indicate a strong working relationship with the Career Center.
  • The strategic plan is clear and transparent, and this plan includes straightforward objectives and measurable outcomes that are assessed effectively and efficiently; subsequently, adjustments are regularly made based on these assessments, and robust feedback is solicited and utilized to affect the process going forward.
  • The AVP and Career Center staff maintain high visibility on campus, attend campus events and University activities when possible, are known and recognized by the academic deans, and retain a positive reputation across the spectrum.


Qualifications and Characteristics

The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree in higher education, student personnel, or other field related to career and/or career development, and a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience within career development, higher education administration, college student personnel, or similar area, at a medium or large, comprehensive, public, doctoral degree-granting institution, or industry/corporate experience directly related to career/recruiting. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all forms, with the ability to foster a climate that reinforces the development of all students; visionary leadership, organizational, research and analysis, and strategic planning experience; the ability to develop collaborative programs that cross divisional lines to support student success; and an outstanding ability to conceptualize, design, and implement innovative career development programs appropriate for all levels of students and alumni seeking careers in all sectors of employment. Extensive knowledge of career-related technologies and software; strong oral and written communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills; the ability to develop and manage budgets; the ability to develop and execute assessment plans to improve service delivery; and experience in leading, mentoring, and managing a sizable, diverse staff with a demonstrated commitment to the professional development of all staff members are expected.

Other desired characteristics, skills, actions, and/or abilities noted from the stakeholder discussions include the following:

  • demonstrated administrative and managerial experience at progressive levels in a higher education career services setting, with the ability to plan strategically, globally, and operationally;
  • a visionary leader with sound leadership and organizational development abilities that inspire and develop staff, providing professional and personal development opportunities and promoting unity and teamwork throughout the department;
  • a strategic risk-taker who promotes creativity in every area of the position, as well as an innovator with a futuristic orientation and a willingness to try new opportunities, remain informed on new trends, technology, and best practices, and lead significant change processes (with demonstrated successes in implementing these processes);
  • an educator with a student-centered focus that prioritizes developing and delivering a set of career-related skills that lead to success in a rapidly evolving employment landscape;
  • in-depth knowledge of the current corporate recruiting landscape;
  • demonstrated skills as an advocate and champion for diversity, equity, inclusivity, accessibility, and social justice, and a willingness to stand up for these values;
  • demonstrated collaboration skills with internal departments and external colleagues, with the ability to understand the importance of interconnectedness and partnerships;
  • the ability to bridge the gap between academics and student affairs around career-related initiatives;
  • proactive outreach to the student body, not waiting for students to initiate contact;
  • political savviness and the ability to obtain consensus even in difficult situations;
  • comprehensive understanding of the career-related needs of students from a myriad of ethnic and multicultural backgrounds;
  • a dynamic and transparent communicator with excellent public relations skills, the ability to tell the “story” of career services, and the capability to reach all levels of the University and external stakeholders, including effectively speaking to students, parents, faculty/academics, employers, and other members of the campus community;
  • ability to listen carefully, ask knowledgeable questions, learn the culture of the University and the department, accept input from staff, and then make well-informed decisions that are best for the students at UNT;
  • the ability to plan, organize, and implement projects with complex logistics involving multiple tasks and priorities;
  • relatability and approachability at all times, with a focus on collegiality and bridge-building;
  • a strategic administrator who can develop both short- and long-term views around UNT’s student needs, formulate strategic assessment and operational plans, and then effectively communicate those plans to the community;
  • a comprehensive commitment to education and the innovative delivery of educational and developmental programs around career services to the campus community;
  • a highly visible individual who is willing to get out of the office, attend student events, serve on campus committees, and proactively interact with the campus community;
  • energy and enthusiasm for the role, passion for the work, and a positive attitude, even in the face of adversity;
  • a comprehensive commitment to providing high-end service at all times and in all situations, making timely responsiveness a priority;
  • adaptability in all situations, as well as the ability to adeptly and quickly move from one “lane” to another as circumstances dictate;
  • problem-solving skills, with the ability to determine needs, quickly and appropriately address issues, and provide a vision for the future;
  • an activator with the ability to make difficult decisions quickly and stand by those decisions even if they are unpopular;
  • an understanding of on-campus student employment, trends in the student employment field, and the specific needs of a campus that employs a large number of students;
  • involvement and leadership roles in statewide, regional, or national career-related professional organizations or associations are desired, with the ability to bring positive focus and attention to the career development program at UNT.

Institution & Location

Overview of the Division

The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) provides opportunities for students and the campus community to cultivate academic, personal, and professional success. DSA enhances the student experience through a wide array of intentional programs, services, and activities that support the life cycle of students. The division:

  • provides and strengthens learning, developmental, leadership, and career preparation opportunities for students to encourage achievement and promote UNT traditions;
  • empowers students to learn and practice immediate and lifelong behaviors that promote social, intellectual, and civic development, as well as nurture positive physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health during and after their university experience;
  • resolves issues of significant complexity for students through advocacy, services, and compliance;
  • maintains facilities, provides services, and promotes programs that are responsive to the physical, social, psychological, academic, and recreational needs of the campus community;
  • practices daily principles that educate and embrace sustainable development through reconciliation of environmental, socially responsible, and economic resources;
  • addresses the need for a deeper understanding of diversity, social identity, and privilege among students and the campus community to create a more socially just and inclusive campus and world.

Elizabeth With, Vice President of Student Affairs

Dr. Elizabeth With has served as vice president for student affairs since August 2010, initially serving as the division’s interim vice president beginning in January 2010. She leads the University’s efforts to provide opportunities for students and the campus community to cultivate academic, personal, and professional success and become fully engaged in campus life. Prior to becoming vice president, Dr. With was associate vice president for student development (the previous name of the division) from 2004-2010 and has previously served in several leadership positions within the division since 1998. Prior to joining UNT in 1996 as assistant dean of students, Dr. With was a discipline and leadership coordinator at the University of Texas at Arlington for three years.

Institutional Overview

Institutional background/history

For 130 years and counting, the University of North Texas has fulfilled its mission to create leaders and visionaries. UNT’s students and alumni embody creativity, curiosity, and something else that distinguishes them and makes them successful — resiliency. These qualities are in UNT’s DNA, borne of an independent spirit that sets them apart. From admitting women on the institution’s opening day to pioneering water quality research for the region, establishing the nation’s first jazz studies program, and becoming one of the first universities in Texas to desegregate, UNT always takes the road less traveled on the path to excellence.

From humble origins in a rented space above a hardware store in downtown Denton, UNT has grown into one of the nation’s largest public universities and the largest in the North Texas region. UNT is a thriving Tier One public research university with nearly 41,000 students and a path to any career. As an intellectual and economic engine for Denton, the greater North Texas region, and the state, the University fuels progress and entrepreneurship. And as a catalyst for creativity, UNT launches new ideas, perspectives, and innovations.

As the institution has grown, so has its reach and impact. Its programs are nationally and internationally recognized. Its research and scholarship span the arts, science, engineering, and everything in between. Its world-class faculty are making breakthroughs every day. And its students and alumni are changing the world around them for the better.

Denton, Texas

Famous for being home to the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University, with a world-class music and arts scene, Denton is a town where hip intersects with historic.

Just a quick drive from Dallas-Fort Worth, the city is surrounded by vast outdoor spaces, craft breweries and bars, unique shopping experiences, and a vibrant downtown.

Denton is a great spot for family-friendly fun featuring lakes and trails, museums, historic tours, and capturing Instagram-worthy photos at the city’s most popular murals. In addition to all of the fun, Denton has plenty of options for places to stay and recharge.

UNT’s Mission

At the University of North Texas, our caring and creative community empowers our students to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

UNT’s Purpose

Our students will be the innovative leaders of tomorrow.

UNT’s Vision

We will become globally known for collaborative and imaginative educational innovation and scholarly activity that transforms our students and benefits the world around us.

UNT 2020-2025 Strategic Plan

UNT spent 2019 focused on developing a five-year strategic plan for the future that will advance its mission and support student success. By embracing a culture of collaboration to solve important problems and make improvements within three priority areas, UNT will better transform students’ lives and connect them to their dreams.

Three priority areas:

  • Student Empowerment and Transformation
  • People and Processes
  • Scholarly Activity and Innovation

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Neal J. Smatresk, President

President Neal J. Smatresk (pronounced SMAH tresk) joined UNT in 2014 with a vision for leading the University of North Texas to national prominence as the largest, most comprehensive university dedicated to meeting the needs of the dynamic North Texas region.

Under his leadership, UNT has been named a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification, identified as a top 10 U.S. public university on the rise, grown in enrollment to serve nearly 41,000 students and earned designation as both a Minority-Serving and Hispanic-Serving Institution. Thanks to strategic student success investments, UNT has increased student retention, graduation rate, and its role as a social mobility elevator for students. Today, 88 of UNT’s 239 academic programs are ranked among the nation’s Top 100, including 20 of which are recognized by U.S. News & World Report. Following athletic investments and facility expansions, Mean Green student-athletes and teams are thriving, as evidenced by the men’s basketball team’s 2021 NCAA Tournament win.

President Smatresk has led the charge in creating new public-private partnerships with businesses like American Airlines, Liberty Mutual, Google, and JP Morgan Chase. In response to the rapidly changing career marketplace, President Smatresk ensured the addition of 21st century degree plans in fast-growing fields such as business analytics, data science, and urban policy and planning, as well as a partnership with the Dallas Cowboys for an M.B.A. in sport entertainment management. UNT also unveiled the nation’s first bachelor’s degree from a U.S. university on Coursera, the world’s leading online learning platform.

In addition, President Smatresk has worked to expand the University’s services in Collin County by opening a location in Frisco, the second-fastest growing city in the nation. In partnership with the City of Frisco and its Frisco Economic and Community Development Corporations, UNT is building a branch campus scheduled to open in Spring 2023 and offer higher education and research opportunities to students in one of the fastest-growing regions of the country.

Beyond the University, President Smatresk serves on many boards including the Coalition of Urban Serving Institutions Board of Directors, NCAA Board of Governors, and as chair of the Conference USA Board of Directors.

Before joining UNT, President Smatresk led the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as president for five years and provost for two years. Under his direction, UNLV:

  • completed a $537 million fundraising campaign that included creating UNLV’s largest active scholarship program;
  • established an Academic Success Center to help students graduate on time;
  • opened Brookings Mountain West in partnership with the prestigious Brookings Institution;
  • gained approval for a medical school.

Prior to UNLV, President Smatresk was vice chancellor for academic affairs and deputy to the chancellor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 2004 to 2007. During his tenure, Manoa:

  • entered the ranks of the top 25 federally funded institutions;
  • gained three National Academy of Sciences members;
  • received recognition from the Chinese Ministry of Education as a Confucius Institute.

President Smatresk started his academic career at the University of Texas at Arlington and spent 22 years there, serving as:

  • Dean of Science, 1998-2004
  • Chair of the Department of Biology, 1994-1998
  • Professor of Biology, 1982-2004

Research Background

A biologist and researcher by training, President Smatresk has devoted much of his career to supporting K-20 science outreach programs and STEM development.

As a biologist, he concentrated his research on gaining a better understanding of how the respiratory neurobiology of vertebrates changed in the evolutionary transition from water to air breathing. His research has garnered substantial grant support and has resulted in more than 50 papers and book chapters, and grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. President Smatresk also has received a number of teaching awards. His undergraduate alma mater, Gettysburg College, awarded him a Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award in 2011.

Academic Background

  • A., Biology, Gettysburg College, 1973
  • A., Biology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1978
  • D., Zoology, University of Texas at Austin, Port Aransas Marine Laboratory, 1980
  • Postdoctoral Trainee, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1980-1982


  • North Texas Commission Board, 2014-present
  • Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, 2014-present
  • Denton Chamber of Commerce, 2014-present
  • Denton Economic Development Partnership Board, 2014-present
  • UNT Professional Development Institute, 2014-present
  • Conference USA Board of Directors, 2019-present
  • NCAA Board of Directors, 2020-present
  • Coalition of Urban Serving Institutions Board of Directors, 2021-present
  • NCAA Board of Governors, 2021-present

President Smatresk and his wife, Debbie, have been married since 1978.

UNT’s Colleges and Schools

The sky’s the limit at UNT, where nearly 41,000 students from around the world choose from 239 high-quality degree programs in 14 colleges and schools to pursue their dreams of becoming teachers, artists, engineers, and everything in between.

  • Toulouse Graduate School
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health and Public Service
  • College of Information
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism
  • College of Music
  • College of Science
  • College of Visual Arts and Design
  • Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism
  • Brint Ryan College of Business
  • Honors College
  • New College
  • Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS)

As one of the nation’s largest universities, UNT offers 103 bachelor’s, 86 master’s, and 38 doctoral degree programs. By providing access, welcoming diversity, and strengthening collaborations with many educational, business, and community partners, as well as building new partnerships across the globe, UNT’s faculty and staff work each day to prepare students for the challenges they will meet in a changing world.

The Student Body

40,653 – Total Enrollment

32,694 – Undergraduate

7,959 – Graduate

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Benefits Overview

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Plans
  • Supplemental Retirement Options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life and ADD Insurance
  • Leave Options
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Discounts


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Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.