Meet President Smatresk
16th president of the University of North Texas, the nation's 25th largest university
President Neal J. Smatresk (pronounced SMAH tresk) became UNT’s 16th president in February 2014, marking his second university presidency. As a leader with nearly 35 years of experience in higher education, President Smatresk steers universities to national prominence by providing a high-quality affordable education, expanding research and innovation, and building strong community partnerships.
President Smatresk is focused on helping UNT fulfill its mission to provide the best education in Texas and to transform students — particularly first-generation college students — into the leaders of tomorrow. Since being established in 1890, UNT has supported industry and the state by providing an educated workforce and contributing to the state’s economic vitality and intellectual capital.
A biologist and researcher by training, President Smatresk has devoted much of his career to supporting K-20 science outreach programs and STEM development