Office of the President

Office of the President

Operations and Infrastructure Implementation

Led by Bob Brown, vice president for finance and administration, the Operations and Infrastructure Implementation Team oversees projects that enable the university to function as an efficient, effective organization. As its name suggests, the team is strengthening the university from the inside out by focusing on the business side of the university. How the university builds and tracks its budget, pays its bills, maintains its buildings and grounds, and supports its employees — these are the underpinnings of the university and enable it to fulfill its academic mission of providing students with the best educational experience.

The team is overseeing more than a dozen projects that will improve UNT’s:

  • Financial practices and accounting
  • Campus and facilities
  • Transportation and parking
  • Human resources
  • Business services

Financial Transformation

The team’s most important first step was to continue building on the work of the Financial Transformation Project. In partnership with the UNT System, UNT has implemented a first-class accounting system with proper controls, and as part of that, it has reconciled its accounts for the past two years. It also restored integrity to the university’s financial systems and built a team of experienced finance and accounting professionals. UNT has balanced its books and is using strategic priorities to ensure a sound operating budget.

Having that detailed, accurate financial information allows the administration, department heads, deans and other executives to know what they have to spend each year in order to maximize the university’s teaching, research and scholarship endeavors.

The FY 2016 budget will include more detail than it has before, so people managing the budgets can see exactly how each dollar is being spent and recorded.

Investments for the Future

The new financial planning allows UNT to pursue some of its more innovative and aggressive student recruitment efforts such as the Eagle Express Tuition Plan and the Oklahoma Tuition Rate.

Eagle Express, for example, offers students fixed-rate tuition for four years and up to $4,000 in savings if they graduate within four years. The university relied on its more accurate financial data and systems to prepare for the financial implications of the plan and create a fiscal structure that enables it.

Infrastructure Improvements

While much of the university’s financial improvements happen behind the scenes, more noticeable to the community are major improvements to the grounds, parking and transportation.

The campus beautification efforts – the deeper concern for the health of the grass, plants and trees – will further establish UNT’s reputation as a green campus.

Also, the university is studying how to make the campus more accessible and how to address parking and transportation issues through its Parking and Transportation Study. This will look at all the numerous ways people travel to campus – car, bus, foot or bicycle – and will give leaders the information to create safer, easier ways for people to travel to and from the campus.

The Operation and Infrastructure Implementation team’s work will create a stronger UNT by ensuring that its finances and processes are sound, that its campus is well maintained and that its students and employees can thrive in a supportive work culture. 

Operations Infrastructure Team Projects by Theme

Projects appear in no particular order

 

Budget

HR

Operations

Compliance

Facilities

Parking and Transportation

 

 

Budget

Project

Chart of Accounts

Summary

The goal of the project is to have a better chart of accounts and new PeopleSoft financial software to allow UNT to better track accounts receiving and spending.

Status

38 percent complete
The new chart was substantially complete in January 2015, and UNT is using the new chart as it prepares its FY 2016 budget.

Team Lead

Beverly Cotton, Associate Vice President for Budget and Analytics

Members (by division, group)

 

Student Affairs

Debbie Stevens

Finance and Administration

UNT Controller
Brenda Cates
Ryan Fellers
Hillary Liscano
Karen Shelton
Tina Smidt

 Faculty

Paul Hutchison

 

Project

Legislative Appropriations Request for FY 2016-FY 2017

Summary

The goal of the project is to submit UNT's Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) to the Governor's Office of Budget, Planning and Policy and the Legislative Budget Board.   

Status

100 percent complete
The LAR was submitted in time for the 84th legislative session. The outcomes included:

  • Increases in formula and HEF funding
  • More support for TAMS
  • Tuition Revenue Bond (TRB) — or a construction bond — to build a new home for the College of Visual Arts and Design

Team Lead

Allen Clark, Vice Provost for Academic Resources

Members (by division, group)

 

Finance and Administration

Beverly Cotton
Brenda Cates

URCM

Ernestine Bousquet
Julie Payne
Kelley Reese

HR

Project

Salary floors for faculty

Summary

The goal of the project is to establish salary floors for faculty, setting a base salary to ensure that UNT is competitive in the marketplace and supporting quality educators from the start.

  • All faculty with the rank of assistant, associate or professor currently making less than $60,000 will be moved to the $60,000 base.
  • All lecturers and clinical faculty ranks making less than $43,500 will be moved to the $43,500 base.

Status

100 percent complete
Adjusted salaries went into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

Team Lead

Warren Burggren, then Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Members (by division, group)

Allen Clark
Melinda Lilly

 

Project

HR Onboarding and Offboarding

Summary

The goal of the project is to enhance and improve an employee’s hiring and offboarding experience and to streamline processes.

Status

43 percent complete

Team Lead

Brandi Renton, UNT Director of Human Resources

Members (by division, group)

 

Academic Affairs

Melinda Lilly

Athletics

Patty Wells

BSC

Mary Davis

Equity and Diversity

Kelly Gould

Finance and Administration

Beverly Cotton
Connie Havis
Harold Wells

HR

Rhonda Arthur
Sheryl Posey

Student Affairs

Teresa McKinney

 

Project

HR Training

Summary

The goal of the project is to facilitate and track all required training sessions to include identification of technical infrastructures needed to provide resources and tools for supervisors and employees.

Status

50 percent complete
The team has identified many required training sessions and is reviewing how the current training module works and how it can be improved.

Team Lead

Brandi Renton, UNT Director of Human Resources

Members (by division, group)

 

Academic Affairs

Marilyn Wiley

Advancement

Eileen Moran

Student Affairs

Bonita Vinson
Maureen McGuinness

BSC

Donna Shell

Equity and Diversity

Kelly Gould

Finance and Administration

Jonathan Downs
Bill McNeace
Jeremy Polk
Dave Reynolds
Billy Roussel
Brad Scott

UNT System

Steve Hill

ITSS

Kem Marcum

Staff Senate

Don Noska

HR

Terry Ekeland
Shaureece Park

 

Project

Shared Services Communication (BSC)

Summary

The goal of the project is to identify communication issues and gaps for all constituents of Shared Services and develop a responsive communication plan.

Status

100 percent complete

Team Lead

Donna Asher, Associate Vice Chancellor for Business Services (BSC)

Members (by division, group)

 

BSC

Donna Shell
Lacy Fenn
Gina Alexander
Mary Atkins

UNT System Human Resources

Gary Finney
Dana Perdue

UNT Human Resources

Brandi Renton

ITSS

Chauncey Cox
Stephanie McCane

Finance and Administration

Rich Deter
Connie Havis

Academic Affairs

Melinda Lilly
Susan Richroath

Office of Compliance

Anissa Breaux-Schropp
Steven Hill

Faculty Senate

Lou Pelton

 

Project

Student Affairs Staff Development Survey

Summary

The goal of the project is to conduct A Student Affairs staff development survey to better understand Division staff needs in relation to the work, activities, and goals of the Staff Development Committee. Results have been shared with the division and changes will be implemented beginning November 2014.

Status

100 percent complete

Team Lead

Hope Garcia, Executive Director of Student Affairs Administration

Members (by division, group)

 

Student Affairs

Patrice Abner
Sarah Amberson
Chrisana Black
Carolyn Blevins
Courtney Burke
Austin Chappell
Israel Chavarria
Jessica Evans
Becky French
Dan Goodman
Ashly Henson
Analise Minjarez
Precious Femi-Ogunyemi
Shohreh Sparks
Lauren Stephan
Audra Taylor
Josh Walton
Danielle Wilcher
Beverly Wilks
Terence Yee

 

Project

Staff Feedback Form for Student Affairs

Summary

The goal of the project is to create and distribute an online anonymous submission feedback form. 

Status

100 percent complete
The form was created and distributed in September 2014. The link is always available and is sent out with each division newsletter.  

Team Lead

Hope Garcia, Executive Director of Student Affairs Administration

Members (by division, group)

 

Student Affairs

Keith Holliday
Casey Milstead

OPERATIONS

Project

Data Governance

Summary

The goal of the project is to establish and implement a data governance process to ensure that the data the university maintains is accurate and consistent. It will make the data warehouse reliable across the range of university users. The work of this project complements the UNT System Data Warehousing – Analytics – Dashboards.  

Status

65 percent complete
The team held a data governance summit in October and is in the process of developing the data accuracy policy.

Team Lead

Beverly Cotton, Associate Vice President for Budget and Analytics

Members (by division, group)

 

Finance and Administration

UNT Controller
Ryan Fellers
Abraham John
Deena Merrill
Karla Romine

Enrollment

Lynn McCreary
Keitha Robertson

Student Affairs

Phyllis Vaughn

Academic Affairs

Phillip Baczewski
Mary Barton
Allen Clark
Jason McMullen
Jason Simon
Cassie Clough

ITSS

Dorothy Flores

 

Project

Retiree Emails

Summary

The goal of the project is to discuss, review and create consistent forms and procedures for the retiree email address process. The team consulted with UNT Retiree Association representatives to ensure an understanding of their expectations.

Status

80 percent complete
The team is in the final stages of reviewing the compliance and policy language that will be on the forms and the benefits/privileges handout.  

Team Lead

Abraham John, Senior Director of Administrative Information Technology

Members (by division, group)

 

HR

Brandi Renton
Kosima Ketcham

Academic Affairs

Cengiz Capan
Melinda Lilly

UNT AITS (Administrative
Information Technology Services)

Troy Bacon
Christopher Horiates
Jason McMullen
Chris Stoermer

 

Project

Office 365

Summary

The goal of the project is to migrate all users from on-premise email to Office 365 email-cloud email.

Status

100 percent complete  

Team Lead

Abraham John, Senior Director of Administrative Information Technology

Members (by division, group)

 

AITS (Administrative
Information Technology Services)

Troy Bacon
Christopher Horiates
Christopher Johnson
James Martin
Jason McMullen
Chris Stoermer

 

Project

Copier Standardization

Summary

The goal of the project is to discuss, inventory, create RFP's and provide recommendations to the Vice President for Finance and Administration for copier standardization

Status

52 percent complete
This project has been deferred at this time for more pressing projects that required immediate attention. Significant progress has been made in consultation and acquisition process since the inception of this project that may obviate this project. 

Team Lead

Abraham John, Senior Director of Administrative Information Technology

Members (by division, group)

 

 

 

Project

System Migration

Summary

The goal of the project is to migrate all systems from ePo4 to ePo5.  Decrypt and encrypt devices (laptops/tablets) on ePo5.  Encrypt all laptops/tablets that were not already encrypted.

Status

100 percent complete

Team Lead

Abraham John, Senior Director of Administrative Information Technology

Members (by division, group)

 

AITS (Administrative
Information Technology Services)

Troy Bacon
Christopher Horiates
Christopher Johnson
James Martin
Jason McMullen
Chris Stoermer

 

Project

Shared Storage

Summary

The goal of the project is to migrate all users' file space (home and shared) to OneDrive for Business and Isilon shared storage

Status

85 percent complete
The team has almost completed this project, and in the areas within AITS where this has been completed, it has started to turn off and decommission the file servers.

Team Lead

Abraham John, Senior Director of Administrative Information Technology

Members (by division, group)

 

AITS (Administrative
Information Technology Services)

Troy Bacon
Christopher Horiates
Christopher Johnson
James Martin
Jason McMullen
Chris Stoermer

COMPLIANCE

Project

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination, or Campus SaVE Act, Compliance

Summary

The goal of the project is to develop and evaluate UNT's compliance with the Violence Against Women Act. The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination, or Campus SaVE Act, is a federal law under the Violence Against Women Act and it has new requirements regarding how intimate partner violence, including domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual violence, should be reported and handled by institutions of higher education. These requirements are now part of the federal Jeanne Clery Act.

Status

100 percent complete

Team Lead

Maureen McGuinness, Dean of Students

Members (by division, group)

 

Finance and Administration

Ed Reynolds
Brad Scott

 

Project

Campus Security Training 

Summary

The goal of the project is to develop training for Campus Security Authorities institutions of higher education.

Status

100 percent complete

Team Lead

Maureen McGuinness, Dean of Students

Members (by division, group)

 

Members (by division, group)

 

Finance and Administration

Ed Reynolds
Brad Scott

FACILITIES

Project

Rawlins Hall

Summary

The goal of the project is to bring a new residence hall (Rawlins) of approximately 500 beds into current housing inventory, with focus on honors students. The hall will open Fall 2015 but landscaping will be completed later that fall.

Status

100 percent complete
The hall will open Fall 2015 but landscaping will be completed later that fall.

Team Lead

Tom Rufer, Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services

Members (by division, group)

 

Student Affairs

James Fairchild
Billy Roussel

Finance and Administration

Monica Thomas

UNT AITS

Jason McMullen
Christopher Johnson

UNT System

Janna Morgan
Jay Henson

 

Project

University Union

Summary

The goal of the project is to develop a plan to open the new University Union in fall 2015.

Status

100 percent complete for implementation
Final landscaping and site work will continue into the spring.

Team Lead

Tom Rufer, Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services

Members (by division, group)

 

Student Affairs

Zane Reif
Phyllis Vaughn
Mike Flores
Bill McNeace

UNT AIS

Christopher Horia

UNT System

Casandra Nash
Jeannie Vail

 

Project

Greek Life Master Plan

Summary

The goal of the project is to create a plan for the growth of fraternities and sororities that is in line with the university’s master plan.

Status

100 percent complete

Team Lead

Dave Reynolds, Associate Vice President for Facilities

Members (by division, group)

 

Finance and Administration

Helen Bailey
Bruce Anthony

Student Affairs

Maureen McGuinness
Tom Rufer

System Facilities 

James Davis

 

Project

West Hall Renovations

Summary

The goal of the project is to create a plan to use survey data and student focus groups to improve the entrance and lobby space in West Hall.

Status

85 percent complete
The resulting construction project is now in process.  

Team Lead

Tom Rufer, Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services

Members (by division, group)

 

Finance and Administration

Helen Bailey
Ed Carrigan
Sharon Turner

Student Affairs

James Fairchild
Bill McNeace

 

Project

Grounds

Summary

The goal of the project is to improve the appearance of the grounds in at least three areas. By improving the most visible areas of campus and by paying more attention to the health of the grass, plants and trees, the campus will be more attractive to guests.

Status

94 percent complete
The grounds team chose three basic areas to improve the look of campus. The team focused on the area around center of campus – the Hurley Administration Building, Library Mall and Bruce Hall. There are upgraded finishes to planter beds on the north side of the Hurley building and new plants, and construction is nearing completion on a new sidewalk on the west of the building. The team replaced the Library Mall landscaping along the fountain areas down to the Highland Street stairs. Additionally, the team refreshed landscape at the entrance to Bruce Hall. The team has developed a concept for the rock wall area between the Hurley building and Willis Library.

Team Lead

Dave Reynolds, Associate Vice President for Facilities

Members (by division, group)

 

Finance and Administration

Bill Estes
Randy Fite
Lanse Fullinwider
Terri Pierce
Kasey Price
Geary Robinson
Randy Salsman

Student Affairs

Tom Rufer

 

Project

Design Standards

Summary

The goal of the project is to review campus design standards for finishes.

Status

100 percent complete
The team reviewed and validated campus design standards and color palettes for paint, furniture, carpet, etc.

Team Lead

Dave Reynolds, Associate Vice President for Facilities

Members (by division, group)

 

Finance and Administration

Helen Bailey

 

Project

Parking Lots and Roads

Summary

The goal of the project is to improve and maintain aesthetics in key parking lots.

Status

87 percent complete
The project focused on repairing key parking lots as well as restriping lots and streets, and removing old, faded markings and signs. The numerous areas, including main campus, Eagle Point and Discovery Park roads, were improved or are in the final stages of contract construction completion.  

Team Lead

Dave Reynolds, Associate Vice President for Facilities

Members (by division, group)

 

Finance and Administration

Randy Fite
Lynda Hutson
Geary Robinson
Randy Salsman

 

Project

Marquis Hall Renovation

Summary

The goal of the project is to renovate Marquis Hall.

Status

100 percent complete
The project was a complete renovation of Marquis Hall to prepare it for the UNT International Program. All mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems were upgraded and interior architectural was modified. 

Team Lead

Dave Reynolds, Associate Vice President for Facilities

Members (by division, group)

 

Finance and Administration

Helen Bailey
Randy Fite
Jay Henson
Steve Mathis
Terri Pierce
Kasey Price
Neely Shirey
Vince Strippec

 

Project

Turf Improvement 

Summary

The goal of the project is to improve turf along North Texas Blvd.

Status

100 percent complete
The team overseeded the area with winter rye for improved winter appearance and focused on clover reduction for spring/summer.

Team Lead

Dave Reynolds, Associate Vice President for Facilities

Members (by division, group)

 

Finance and Administration

Lance Fullinwinder
Bill Estes

 

Project

Campus Tree Maintenance 

Summary

The goal of the project is to trim 20 percent of campus trees per year. The team developed a plan to ensure that all of the trees on campus are properly pruned and cared for with regular tree trimming across the campus. The team executed a contract for tree trimming along Library Mall and near the Business Leadership Building and developed a multi-year/multi-contractor contract. This will help UNT maintain its valuable trees for the next several years. The new contract is funded and in the final stages of contractor selections.

Status

79 percent complete 

Team Lead

Dave Reynolds, Associate Vice President for Facilities

Members (by division, group)

 

Finance and Administration

Randy Fite
Lanse Fullinwider

UNT System

Don Lynch
Elaine Robbins

 

Project

Facilities Funding

Summary

The goal of the project is to review and modify facilities' funding model to refocus on maintenance.

Status

90 percent complete
The team has analyzed the current mode, studied other options and has drafted a new model for future budget modification.

Team Lead

Dave Reynolds, Associate Vice President for Facilities

Members (by division, group)

 

Finance and Administration

Brenda Cates
Beverly Cotton
Hilary Liscano

Academic Affairs

Sharon Turner

 

Project

Property acquisition

Summary

The goal of the project is to acquire certain properties in accordance with the UNT campus master plan.

Status

UNT purchased the Sack & Save building at Avenue C and I-35E to improve the campus’ “front porch” and to have another facility for use.

Team Lead

Bob Brown, Vice President for Finance and Administration

Members (by division, group)

70 percent complete

Finance and Administration

Helen Bailey
Darlene Callahan
Ed Reynolds

Faculty Senate

Lynn Johnson

System Facilities 

Don Lynch

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION

Project

Parking and Transportation

Summary

The goal of the project is to create a comprehensive 10-year Parking and Transportation Master Plan integrated with 2013 Campus Master Plan. 

Status

36 percent complete
The university has engaged consultants to help with the study and launched a website about the study and a survey in Fall 2015.

Team Lead

Ed Reynolds, interim Police Chief
Geary Robinson, Director of Parking and Transportation
Rich Deter, Police Chief (now retired)

Members (by division, group)

 

Athletics

Derek Grice

Finance and Administration

Geary Robinson
Helen Bailey

Faculty Senate

Ted Farris

Staff Senate

Kristi Ormand

SGA

Adam Alattry

Student Affairs

Dan Naegeli

URCM

Brandon Tripp

UNT System

James Davis

DCTA

Kristina Brevard

City of Denton

Mark Nelson