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Dear UNT supporter,

I am thrilled to share with you today that Texas voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 5 creating the Texas University Fund (TUF). I am thankful for the Texas voters — as well as Gov. Abbott and our legislators — who recognized the importance of passing TUF and the role Texas universities like UNT play in elevating the state. This is a historic moment for UNT — and for Texas. The TUF is a transformational investment in UNT, Texas higher education, and the state's economy.

With 95% of Texas polls reporting results, media outlets are reporting that 66% of voters voted in favor of establishing TUF, which will be a $3.9 billion permanent endowment to ensure sustainable funding for eligible universities — including UNT — that do not receive benefits from the Permanent University Fund (PUF). Four universities are expected to receive funding and were determined by objective criteria based on research expenditures and doctoral degrees awarded on an annual basis with funds being distributed on a merit-based system that correlates to each institution's research expenditures. We will learn more in the coming weeks.

UNT is committed to helping meet Texas' needs, and we are prepared for the opportunities this new fund will bring to our university and the communities we serve. With nearly 47,000 students, UNT is now the 3rd largest university in Texas — behind only Texas A&M and UT Austin. Our university has accounted for 52% of the growth in new enrollees across all public universities in Texas since 2019, and alumni like you can attest to how we continue to make a difference in our students' lives to help them achieve their educational goals and follow their dreams.

You also know that UNT has a known track record for meeting the demands of students, families, and employers, and helping drive the economy in our rapidly growing North Texas region. TUF will help us accelerate our research innovation, keep more of our top talent in Texas, elevate our national rankings, and propel UNT to greater national prominence.

This truly is an exciting moment for us. You have proven UNT alumni support and investment makes a difference and that we are capable of extraordinary accomplishments when we work together. Thank you for all you do to help us continue to move forward so we can have a positive impact on our region and state.

UNT Proud,
Neal Smatresk
UNT President Smatresk Twitter@UNTPrez