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 38,000 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 research university with an emphasis on sustainability, UNT offers 103 bachelor’s, 86 master’s, and 38 doctoral degree programs, many of which are nationally and internationally recognized. Located in Denton, 36 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth, UNT is one of the region’s largest and most comprehensive universities and is growing as an emerging, nationally prominent research institution with 4,900 dedicated faculty and staff members focused on helping students succeed, as well as 400 student organizations, 40 fraternities and sororities, and 137 academic and honor societies.

The Position

ROLE OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DINING SERVICES FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

Reporting to the associate vice president for student affairs auxiliary services, the executive director provides innovative and comprehensive leadership, strategic planning, and operational oversight for a multi-unit, self-operated dining program, including five dining halls, 22 retail food shops, a full-service catering department, and a bake shop commissary. The executive director oversees all short- and long-range planning for the dining operation, and ensures that the goals, vision, and strategic plans of the department align with those of the Student Affairs Division and the University; develops and administers effective crisis management protocols and risk mitigation efforts at all times; and ensures the cleanliness, safety, and security of all dining facilities. Additionally, the executive director fosters strong, collaborative relationships with campus partners and external stakeholders; oversees compliance with all relevant federal, state, and local laws, policies, agreements, licensures, brand standards, food service operational standards, industry best practices, food service trends, and local competition; and serves as a Campus Security Authority for the Clery Act and as a Responsible Employee under Title IX regulations. In an effort to enhance the student dining experience, the executive director leads ongoing process improvements by identifying and understanding pertinent issues, problems, and opportunities, then utilizes assessment data from different sources to develop advanced new programs, services, and solutions. The executive director manages a large and complex annual operating budget, including revenues of $32 million, and supervises a high-performing management team of seven, approximately 200 full-time staff, and over 1,100 part-time and student employees.

HISTORY OF THE POSITION

Since 2009, Bill McNeace served as the executive director of dining services at the University of North Texas. Prior to McNeace, UNT operated a split system that contracted retail dining and self-operated residential dining. McNeace departed in February, 2019, for other opportunities in the food service industry. Currently, Peter Balabuch, Director of Residence Dining, is serving as the interim director.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

The next executive director, dining services at the University of North Texas (UNT) must possess a broad and deep understanding of national trends and best practices with regard to dining, catering, and retail operations, as well as an exemplary record of strong organizational and team development in a food or auxiliary services environment. The executive director should be an experienced leader capable of managing complex situations, unwaveringly committed to the well-being and support of students, and equipped to contribute at both a strategic and operational level at a large and growing institution.

The University of North Texas has a strong history of providing stellar service to students within dining services. This measure of excellence requires attention to detail and forward thinking. A strong passion for dining services, the ability to show interest in and deep understanding of all aspects of a complex portfolio, and a comprehensive understanding of the changing dining and food-related needs of students are necessary for the candidate to be successful in this position. UNT is consistently evaluating its offerings to students and expects a nimble and creative approach to providing the best possible student experience. The following were identified as possible opportunities, priorities, and challenges that will face the new executive director, dining services:

  • Dining Services at UNT is proudly an independent self-operation and is not contracted out to a third-party entity, so the opportunity to be inherently creative, innovative, and responsive is widely available to the executive director and supported by administration. The staff of Dining Services is extremely proud of the services and quality of food they provide to the UNT campus, so the new executive director will be entering a positive and successful environment that is highly energized, “firing on all cylinders,” distinctly student-focused, and celebrating a number of national honors. The new executive director should be prepared to provide the same quality food, customer service, productivity, output, and yield currently in place, ensuring that all levels of management are part of the decision-making process.
  • The new executive director will want to quickly initiate the process of building rapport with the Dining Services staff, the Division of Student Affairs, various partners and colleagues throughout campus, and external collaborators. The executive director should be intentional in conducting a “listening” tour to foster open communication, increased transparency, opportunities for feedback, and stakeholder involvement. Relationships and collaboration are essential for success on the UNT campus, with an interconnectedness that makes the campus feel much smaller than it is, so the executive director should work diligently from day one to develop and promote these partnerships.
  • The University of North Texas is on the move in a number of ways, and Dining Services is a campus and national leader in cutting edge food service initiatives that enrich the student experience and provide a wide variety of options for all tastes. Innovation and creativity are encouraged, celebrated, and expected; examples of these groundbreaking initiatives include the following:
    • Mean Greens Café at Maple Hall proudly holds the title of the nation’s first 100 percent vegan university cafeteria, serving between 1,500-1,800 meals per day. Not just for vegans, Mean Greens is popular among all those looking for satisfying healthy or gluten-free options. Thanks largely to the success of Mean Greens, UNT has received five consecutive years of “A+” ratings and Dean’s List honors from animal advocacy group peta2.
    • Sustainability and local food sources and options are embedded in the value system of UNT; Mean Green Farms, a hydroponic garden that sustainably produces 650 to 750 heads of lettuce per week along with a wide array of other delicious greens, provides an innovative experience that links sustainable operations and academics, exposing students to experiential education opportunities in sustainability and global ecology.
    • Champs, a dining facility juxtaposed near the Mean Green athletics facilities, focuses on proper sports nutrition, offering a rotation of fresh grilled and rotisserie specials and high protein items like the lauded smashed burger, as well as a Fueling Station stocked with nutritionally-charged items to help students refuel, refresh, recharge, and rehydrate.
    • The cafeteria at West Hall will reopen in fall 2019 as Kitchen West, the nation’s first university cafeteria completely free of the “Big 8” food allergens (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat, and soy). The goal of Kitchen West is to make dining effortless for those affected by the Big 8, and to offer dishes free of allergens but lacking nothing in flavor.
    • Clark Bakery produces all bread, pastries, cakes, cookies, buns, doughnuts, candies, desserts, and more right on campus. Providing bread products in all dining locations and those sold at every retail shop and café, Clark Bakery guarantees fresh and delicious items exclusively for the UNT community from its own state-of-the-art facility in Clark Residence Hall.
    • Avesta Restaurant, an oasis of elegant dining in the heart of UNT, provides upscale yet affordable cuisine in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. An eclectic and international menu is prepared fresh every day in Avesta’s scratch kitchen, and meal plan FLEX or Declining Balance can be used for payment.
    • Conveniently located along the sidewalk that runs from the Union to the General Academic Building, Khush Roti is the place for grilled cheese at UNT. This walk-up food stand offers a variety of fun grilled cheese sandwiches such as the Piggly Wiggly, Guaco Loco, and Eggstra, as well as our smoked tomato dipping soup.
    • UNT’s Croissini food truck offers hot-pressed croissant sandwiches on the go. Made fresh at Clark Bakery, the buttery French croissants are layered with colorful toppings and pressed like a panini sandwich to warm, gooey perfection. Paired with the signature house chips and a fresh-made Clark cookie, the Croissini food truck is the very definition of chef-driven cuisine.
    • As a member of the prestigious Menus of Change University Research Collaborative (MCURC), UNT partners with other universities across the nation, including such campuses as Stanford, Duke, Harvard, Michigan, and Princeton, to promote the vision of cultivating the long-term well-being of people and the planet one student, one meal at a time.  The MCURC is a working group of scholars and campus dining leaders from 40 invited colleges and universities interested in accelerating efforts to move American consumers—and college/university students, scholars, and staff in particular—toward menus that integrate both health and sustainability imperatives.
    • 12,180 meal plans were sold this past year, with over 2,000 faculty and staff purchasing plans (there are only 6,000 total faculty staff on campus!). Additionally, UNT supports 22 retail restaurants and convenience stores (with more to come!), so the variety of choices available to the campus are widely abundant.
  • Regarding the departmental team, the current staff of Dining Services is extremely committed to the vision of assisting students in every way, and they are dedicated to offering the best service possible. The staff works hard and the new executive director 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, and be prepared to provide comprehensive professional support for all staff and oversee the ongoing development of a strong team. With 1,100-1,200 student employees in the department, Dining Services puts special emphasis on experiential opportunities and practical skill development through their employment.
  • There is a great opportunity for the new executive director to make some impactful decisions immediately upon arrival, as a new state-of-the-art, $24.3 million dining hall is projected to open for business in fall 2020. The new facility will contain seating for 750, feature a wide variety of concepts in a food hall-style setting, and also house 3,000 square feet of retail space. While the design will be complete and the construction phase will be underway, it will be the executive director’s responsibility to devise and execute an operational plan, including policies, personnel, best practices, and strategic vision for maximum benefit to the student body. And, as the campus continues to grow, more construction and expansion opportunities are great possibilities for the foreseeable future.
  • 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 executive director will be asked to come on board, learn the office, staff, and institution, and be prepared to quickly begin moving forward, all the while ensuring that the extremely successful programs and services currently in place are well are celebrated and further strengthened.
  • The University of North Texas operates a campus in Frisco, Texas, which is approximately 20 miles from the main campus in Denton. As the footprint of the Frisco campus grows (currently serving 1,300 students, but predictions show large growth trends in the near future), the executive director and the Dining Services team will also be responsible for providing all food operations for this remote location.
  • UNT recently enacted a “one-stop shop” model for Conferences and Event Services in an effort to provide the best customer service environment for its constituents, ensuring all billing and logistics are centralized in one place. Because this one-stop concept integrally involves both Dining Services and Housing and Residence Life, as well as others, there is a strong collaborative partnership between these departments, so the new executive director should be prepared to quickly establish themselves in this relationship, work diligently to support the other departments, and bring fresh new ideas to the table to even further improve the “one-stop shop” concept.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important parts of the UNT community, and the executive director should be a leader in supporting, understanding, embracing, and nurturing these concepts. There are a large number of underrepresented populations within the institution, and the ISSO needs to be a model for maintaining a strong sense of equity and an unbiased, supportive environment at all times.
  • There is great opportunity in this position for direct student contact and impact. Both individual students and the various student organizations look to the executive director and Dining Services for support, advisement, and direction in a number of ways. It will behoove the new executive director to quickly reach out to these various groups of students, let them know who they are, learn their needs and desires, and develop a strong partnership from the very beginning of the executive director’s tenure.
  • Across the board, stakeholders reiterated that they liked working at UNT, are very supportive of each other, enjoy the vibrancy of the university, feel much camaraderie, and believe that there are many opportunities to make a big difference in this role. Like the campus community, the Denton community is also very eclectic, close-knit, and welcoming to new members. Within that community, there is a trending music scene, a robust assortment of restaurants and food options, and a plethora of cultural and arts-related events, as well as recreation, sports, and other outdoor activities that appeal to both the individual and to families. The Dallas/Fort Worth metro area is a mere half hour from Denton, including the DFW hub airport, so there is easy availability to anyone’s needs.

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 executive director, dining services.

  • Strong relationships have been formed both within the Dining Services staff and the larger UNT community, and collaborative partnerships are numerous and growing.
  • Current levels of complaints regarding dining services, which are very low, are maintained or shrinking; similarly, student, staff, and faculty satisfaction levels with food services are high and rising.
  • The new dining hall project, which is currently under construction and will be in process when the new executive director arrives, runs smoothly and efficiently through opening, and the operations, policies, procedures, and personnel are established for maximum efficiency.
  • The new retail establishments that are currently in process (additional Starbucks and Einstein Bros. Bagels) are on track and managed effectively.
  • The established culture of excellence in Dining Services is maintained and strengthened, as is the national reputation of the department for outstanding food service.
  • Students and student organizations are consistently utilizing the services of the department (instead of seeking outside vendors).
  • Employee satisfaction levels are high and rising.
  • The strong push for nutrition, sustainability, and innovation in food services is maintained and strengthened, traffic in all locations is steady or increasing, and meal plan purchases are rising.
  • Finances are strong, costs are maintained, and revenues are robust.
  • The departmental student-centric approach is maintained and/or enhanced.
  • Communication within Dining Services and to the campus at large is transparent, frequent, and instructive.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

A bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in hospitality management, food service management, business administration, culinary arts, dietetics, or related field, as well as eight years of progressive experience, are required. Additional preferred qualifications include a familiarity with multiple phases of food service such as purchasing, preparation, production, merchandising, customer service, catering, and inventory control; demonstrated experience supervising and training a staff of full-time and part-time employees; demonstrated experience engaging with and empowering staff to support the mission of the department; administrative ability and proven commitment to employee/team development; and demonstrated knowledge of profit and loss accountability in a complex budget environment. Candidates should have a vision for creative and successful campus community dining systems and possess a commitment to maintaining self-operated facilities in a team-supported environment. To be successful in this fast-paced work environment, candidates should be energetic, organized, capable of handling details effectively, and possess strong interpersonal, communication, and team skills.

In addition to the minimum academic and experiential requirements indicated above, other desired characteristics, skills, actions, and/or abilities noted from discussions with campus stakeholders include the following:

  • administrative and managerial experience at progressive levels in a food service, culinary, or hospitality setting, with the ability to plan strategically, globally and operationally;
  • an understanding of a self-operated food service environment is highly preferred, though management experience with a third-party food service vendor or experience in corporate hospitality services are also valuable;
  • demonstrated experience in food services in a higher education setting, with an understanding of the cyclical nature of this environment, is also highly preferred;
  • strong managerial and authentic higher-level administrative skills, with the ability to focus on all aspects of dining services (dining, retail, and catering), build a strong organization of food service professionals, and promote a clear vision;
  • 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;
  • ability to recognize the strengths of the current members of the team and utilize these skills for the benefit of the entire department;
  • demonstrated collaboration skills with internal departments and external colleagues, with the ability to understand the importance of interconnectedness and partnerships;
  • strong budget and finance skills, with the ability to forecast needs, project revenues, track expenses, negotiate contracts, control costs, and determine reserves and yields;
  • a strategic risk-taker who promotes creativity in every area of the position;
  • demonstrated skills as an advocate and champion for diversity, equity, inclusivity, accessibility and social justice, and a willingness to stand up for these values;
  • comprehensive understanding of the needs of students from a myriad of ethnic and multicultural backgrounds, as well as lifestyle choices related to food (i.e., vegetarian, vegan, kosher, etc.), and a commitment to providing appropriate choices to these students;
  • an understanding of food allergies and other food-related circumstances requiring special attention;
  • well-versed on trends, innovations, and current best practices in the food service industry, with demonstrated successes in implementing these concepts;
  • a dynamic and transparent communicator with excellent public relations skills and the ability to reach all levels of the University and external stakeholders, including the ability to effectively speak to the press, parents, faculty, 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 international students at UNT;
  • a focus on all aspects of sustainability;
  • the ability to be relatable to and approachable by students at all times, with a continual focus on improving the student experience;
  • 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 food services to the campus community;
  • experience in constructing new facilities, as well as renovating existing facilities;
  • 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;
  • an innovator with a futuristic orientation and a willingness to try new opportunities, remain informed on new trends and best practices, and lead significant change processes;
  • a comprehensive commitment to customer service at all times and in all situations;
  • a recognition of the uniqueness of the residential experience and the critical role that dining services plays not only in the satisfaction level, but also the retention of students;
  • 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 vision for the future; and
  • the ability to make difficult decisions when necessary and to balance the needs of the people with the needs of the organization.

THE INSTITUTION DIVISION/DEPARTMENT: AN OVERVIEW

An Overview of the Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) at the University of North Texas (UNT) is responsible for ensuring the holistic development of all of our students.  It is comprised of a large team invested in student success and it cannot be done without many partners, including parents, family members, and the campus community.

Mission

The Division of Student Affairs provides opportunities for students and the campus community to cultivate academic, personal, and professional success. We enhance the student experience through a wide array of intentional programs, services, and activities that support the lifecycle of our students.

Vision

The Division of Student Affairs sees the potential within all UNT students and fosters a culture of excellence and opportunity. We build a foundation for all students to succeed as contributing members in an evolving global society.

Leadership of the Division of Student Affairs

Dr. Elizabeth With – Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. 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.

Education:

  • EdD in higher education administration, UNT
  • MS in educational psychology (student personnel and counseling), Texas Tech University
  • BA in English, Texas Tech University

Organizational Chart for the Division of Student Affairs

 

Institution & Location

INSTITUTION: AN OVERVIEW

Institutional History

Located in Denton and established in 1890, UNT is one of the nation’s largest public research universities, with 38,000 students. UNT has fulfilled its mission to lead the way in educating young men and women and create leaders with great vision. Ranked a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification, UNT is a catalyst for creativity, fueling progress, innovation, and entrepreneurship for the North Texas region and the state.

As the university has grown, so has its reach and impact. UNT graduated 8,500 students last year from its 13 colleges and schools and offers 105 bachelor’s, 88 master’s, and 37 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. UNT’s world-class faculty are making breakthroughs every day, and its students and alumni are changing the world around them.

On Sept. 16, 1890, in a boomtown on the North Texas prairie, Joshua C. Chilton established the Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute with 70 students and these auspicious words:

“It will be our aim to become leaders in the education of the young men and women of Texas, fitting them to creditably fill the most important positions in business and professional circles. We desire the cooperation of all who believe in higher education and who want to see our state in the very front of intellectual as well as material progress.”

For 125 years and counting, the University of North Texas has fulfilled its mission to create leaders and visionaries. Our students and alumni embody creativity, curiosity, and something else that distinguishes them and makes them successful — grit. These qualities are in UNT’s DNA, borne of an independent spirit that sets us apart. From admitting women on our 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 our 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. We’re a thriving public research university with 38,000 students and a path to any career. As an intellectual and economic engine for Denton, the greater North Texas region and the state, we fuel progress and entrepreneurship. And as a catalyst for creativity, we launch new ideas, perspectives, and innovations.

As we’ve grown, so has our reach and impact. Our programs are nationally and internationally recognized. Our research and scholarship spans the arts, science, engineering, and everything in between. Our world-class faculty are making breakthroughs every day. And our students and alumni are changing the world around them for the better. This is UNT at 125.

About Denton, Texas

Denton is a city in and the county seat of Denton County, Texas. 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.

A Texas land grant led to the formation of Denton County in 1846, and the city was incorporated in 1866. Both were named after pioneer and Texas militia captain John B. Denton. The arrival of a railroad line in the city in 1881 spurred population, and the establishment of the University of North Texas in 1890 and Texas Woman’s University in 1901 distinguished the city from neighboring regions. After the construction of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport finished in 1974, the city had more rapid growth; as of 2011, Denton was the seventh-fastest growing city with a population over 100,000 in the country.

Located on the far north end of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex in North Texas on Interstate 35, Denton is known for its active music life; the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo, Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, and 35 Denton Music Festival attract over 300,000 people to the city each year. The city experiences hot, humid summers and relatively few extreme weather events. Its diverse citizenry is represented by a nonpartisan city council, and numerous county and state departments have offices in the city. With over 45,000 students enrolled at the two universities located within its city limits, Denton is often characterized as a college town. As a result of the universities’ growth, educational services play a large role in the city’s economy. Residents are served by the Denton County Transportation Authority, which provides commuter rail and bus service to the area.

For more information on Denton:

https://www.discoverdenton.com/

Mission and Vision

UNT’s Mission

At the University of North Texas, our caring and creative community prepares students for careers in a rapidly changing world.

UNT’s Vision

As the most comprehensive public research university providing a top quality education in one of the nation’s largest, most dynamic regions, UNT will be celebrated for its academics, arts and athletics. UNT will 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.

Strategic Plan

The road ahead is paved with the promise of greatness. At the University of North Texas, we fuel our students through knowledge and opportunity. We power the region and the state through education, making UNT the catalyst for discovery and innovation since 1890. UNT can and will offer our students the best educational experience in Texas as we grow into a major public research university. As we become the superior university we are meant to be, we will help our students, our region, our state, and our nation to be the very best.

The light is green, and greatness is both the journey and the destination.

To read the entire UNT strategic plan:

https://www.unt.edu/four-bold-goals/

Leadership

Lesa Roe, Chancellor

In October 2017, Lesa B. Roe was named chancellor of the University of North Texas System following a national search. Chancellor Roe is the chief executive officer and the first woman to lead the UNT System. She is responsible for all aspects of the system’s operations, including general oversight of over 10,000 employees and the three UNT System campuses – UNT in Denton, UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, and UNT Dallas.

Prior to her arrival in North Texas, Chancellor Roe spent 33 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – a federal agency that received $19.6 billion in government funding in 2017 and oversees $31 billion in assets. As acting deputy administrator, she was responsible for general oversight of 17,000 NASA employees and ten field centers across the nation. She also directed program and project teams on product and mission delivery, acquisition strategy, partnership and international strategy, and risk management.

During her tenure at NASA, Chancellor Roe served as the first woman director of NASA Langley Research Center, manager of the International Space Station (ISS) Research Program at the Johnson Space Center, and worked on 36 space shuttle and ISS missions in various leadership roles. Her leadership at NASA led to numerous science, space, and aeronautics breakthrough innovations and missions which advanced our nation’s leadership and international knowledge of aeronautics and space.

Chancellor Roe has served on numerous boards and advisory committees including the Virginia Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Council, American Astronautical Society, Virginia FIRST Robotics, and the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Chancellor Roe holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and a MS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida. She is married to Ralph Roe, NASA’s chief engineer, and has two sons and a daughter.

Neal Smatresk, President

President Neal J. Smatresk 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.

Since his arrival, UNT has been named a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification, grown in enrollment to serve more than 38,000 students including 55 National Merit Scholars — up from a class of four — and seen 69 of its 221 academic programs ranked among the nation’s Top 100.

Dr. Smatresk holds a BS in biology from Gettysburg College, an MA in biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, his PhD in zoology from the University of Texas at Austin, Port Aransas Marine Laboratory and was a Postdoctoral Trainee, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Jennifer Cowley – Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

A native of Arlington, Texas, Evans-Cowley has served as vice provost for capital planning and regional campuses at The Ohio State University since 2014. In that position, she led four regional campuses that serve 6,000 students. She worked with the deans at those campuses on plans for increasing student success, including grants focused on degree completion. She helped develop the President’s and Provost’s Teaching Institute to aid faculty in improving teaching quality and advancing effectiveness, and her office conducted a comprehensive salary study for faculty to create equitable salaries. Evans-Cowley also created a capital plan that will lead to more than $1 billion in development in the next five years.

Prior to entering the higher education field, Evans-Cowley worked in city government in College Station and Amarillo and also has experience working with the Environmental Protection Agency. She taught at Texas A&M University and then at Ohio State. While at Ohio State, she chaired City and Regional Planning in the Knowlton School before being promoted to associate dean for academic affairs and administration in the College of Engineering.

Evans-Cowley holds a Bachelor of Science in political science, a master’s of urban planning and a PhD in urban and regional science from Texas A&M University, and a master’s of public administration from UNT.

Academic Programs and Faculty

As one of the nation’s largest universities, we offer 105 bachelor’s, 88 master’s, and 37 doctoral degree programs. By providing access, welcoming diversity, and strengthening our collaborations with our 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 our changing world.

Located in one of the nation’s largest, fastest-growing metropolitan areas, University of North Texas is home to 38,000 students and more than 220 degree programs. Founded in 1890, the university is now one of the nation’s largest public research universities and generates an annual economic impact of $1.65 billion in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. UNT also is one of the state’s top five universities for the number of degrees awarded annually, with more than 8,900 degrees awarded in 2016-2017. As a university with a global reach, UNT serves 2,500 international students representing 145 countries. UNT’s global alumni network has 407,000 members.

  • UNT is ranked among the nation’s 115 top-tier research universities, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education™.
  • UNT is continually named as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys®, a ranking based on having a high-achieving freshman class and affordable tuition.
  • The Princeton Review continually names UNT as a “Best in the West” college.
  • Forbes continually lists UNT on its “America’s Top Colleges” list.
  • UNT has 72 academic programs ranked among the nation’s Top 100, including 15 rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s Top 100.

UNT’s distinguished faculty includes internationally recognized researchers, scholars, and artists:

  • one member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • one member of the National Academy of Engineering
  • two members of the National Academy of Inventors
  • thirteen National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipients
  • 2016 Texas State Artist
  • Grammy, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize winners and nominees

University of North Texas Dining Services

UNT Dining is the largest self-supported food service department in North Texas. With our 22 Retail Food Shops, 5 Dining Halls, a full-service restaurant, and a catering department, we serve nearly five million meals annually.  Our food service program is award winning and we have been nationally recognized by organizations like Food Service Director Magazine, Presidents Council for Responsible Medicine, and PETA. We are also the recipient of the prestigious Loyal E. Horton Award from the National Association of College and University Food Services.

We also take matters of waste and sustainability very seriously. We cook from scratch, which reduces packaging waste. We also generate an annual campaign to raise awareness of food waste in the dining halls, which has significantly reduced the amount of food being thrown away every day. We’ve also eliminated trays from our cafeterias so we’ve cut down on our water use. We have a prime vendor, which increases efficiency and drastically reduces the amount of trucks making deliveries to campus. And, in contrast to food service contractors, UNT Dining is a truly local enterprise. Our entire staff lives in the area, we make sure our food sources are as local as possible, and our resources go right back into benefiting the UNT community. We don’t just serve UNT, we are UNT, and that affinity affects everything we do.

The Student Body

UNT is one of the nation’s most diverse universities, with 9,300 Hispanic students and 5,400 African American students.

We host about 2,500 international students, who come from 141 countries.

The class of 2022 is one of the largest freshman classes and part of a bright student body that includes 32 new National Merit Finalists this fall, 89 Terry Scholars, and 1,700 Honors College students.

UNT has 68 academic programs ranked among the nation’s Top 100, including 16 ranked in the Top 100 by U.S. News & World Report.

38,121 Total Enrollment

31,441 Undergraduate

We offer 105 bachelor’s, 88 master’s, and 37 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized.

UNT has 400 student organizations, including 42 fraternities and sororities and 145 academic honor societies.

Organizational Chart for the UNT System and UNT President’s Cabinet

Benefits Overview

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 jsd@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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It is the policy of the UNT System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, disabled veteran status, or Veterans of the Vietnam Era status, in its educational programs, activities, admission, or employment policies. In addition to complying with federal and state equal opportunity laws and regulations, the UNT System through its Diversity Policy declares harassment that is based on individual differences (including sexual orientation) to be inconsistent with its mission and educational goals. The nondiscrimination and diversity policies are supported by the UNT System’s statement on diversity and specifically incorporate protections for qualified persons with disabilities; a prohibition against sexual harassment, and a prohibition against age limitations.