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President Neal J. Smatresk (pronounced SMAH tresk) became UNT's 16th president on Feb. 3, 2014, marking his second university presidency. A dynamic, engaging leader with nearly 35 years of experience in higher education, President Smatresk is known for steering universities to national prominence by providing quality, affordable education, expanding research and innovation, and building strong community partnerships.
A biologist and researcher by training, President Smatresk also has devoted much of his career to supporting K-20 science outreach programs, STEM development and teacher professional development.
President Smatresk leads UNT at a time of record enrollment and notable gains across the board.