Initiatives & Priorities
As a place where science and art converge, UNT has a creative culture that fuels technology, innovation and progress and will help UNT claim our place among the nation’s top universities.
President Smatresk is focused on making UNT a nationally prominent research university that gives students the best educational experience in the state and that transforms them into leaders in a global marketplace.
President Smatresk’s Priorities
At the annual State of the University, President Smatresk reviews UNT's accomplishments and priorities for the coming academic year. UNT's 2015 State of the University formally kicked off UNT's 125th anniversary celebrations.
President Smatresk and UNT’s leaders from the Office Research and Economic Development are developing a vision and master plan for how UNT will become a nationally prominent research university.
Opening in January 2016, UNT's New College at Frisco offers classes and degree programs that span many disciplines, combined in innovative ways to provide a career-focused education. The New College represents a new way of thinking, a new way of doing business and a new kind of education.
To give students a great education and the foundation for a lifetime of success, President Smatresk is creating initiatives such as the Eagle Express Tuition Plan, which encourages students to graduate in four years and helps them save up to $4,000 if they do. Launched in Fall 2014, the plan helps students go farther, faster. And through the university initiative, Succeed at UNT, students have access to tips and resources to stay on track and finish on time.
At UNT, faculty excellence comes from having distinguished faculty whose research, scholarship and creativity push the boundaries of knowledge and discovery. Students benefit from being at an institution with leading scholars, innovative research and state-of-the-art equipment because they learn in an environment that is rich in opportunities.
UNT staff members are the backbone of the university, providing essential support to students, faculty, administration and each other. They are vital to the success of students and the university.
To attract and retain talented employees and provide for their professional development and career growth, UNT, in partnership with UNT System Human Resources, is reviewing job titles and descriptions in a yearlong project to ensure the university has fair and consistent procedures to determine job duties, job titles and competitive salaries
The President’s Council at UNT was established in the early 1970s, coinciding with the inauguration of UNT President C.C. Nolen (1971-1979). This society includes generous donors who have given $25,000 to $99,999 to UNT.