Office of the President

Office of the President

President's Initiatives

Many of the priorities developed from the 2014-15 Action Plan establish university-wide initiatives as the foundation to build on for future progress and goals. Many are initiatives that President Smatresk had a hand in overseeing.

The president’s initiatives are wide-ranging in scope and impact, from creating a planning and implementation process to hiring vice presidents to creating a new fixed rate tuition plan for students.

A key part of the president’s initiatives — with the oversight from the Division of University Relations, Communications and Marketing — is to maintain robust, high-level communications and strategies, including online communications, media placement and social media, for the president to engage the campus community, key stakeholders and people of influence.

The goals are to:

  • Leverage the UNT president to grow the university’s brand and reputation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, state and nation
  • Position the president as a thought leader in higher education
  • Support UNT’s momentum, progress and vision

The president’s initiatives will help UNT to attract and retain high-quality students, expand its reach throughout the North Texas region and build a strong base of stakeholder engagement.

President’s Initiative Projects by Theme

The projects appear in no particular order.

 

Academics

Recruitment/Enrollment

Leadership

Fundraising and Stakeholder Engagement

Planning and Budgeting

IT Shared Services Initiatives

 

ACADEMICS

Project

Class Concierge

Summary

The goal of the project is to create a class concierge position to assist seniors in ensuring their timely graduation. The new Class Concierge works closely with academic advisors, department chairs and deans to clear the way for students who are close to graduation and need help. The concierge is designed to clear obstacles, such as finding alternative classes if one needed for graduation is not being offered.

Status

100 percent complete
The Class Concierge position is in place and staffed.

Team Lead

Yolanda Niemann, then Senior Vice Provost  

Members (by division, group)

 

Academic Affairs

Lisa Maxwell
Associate Deans
Jean Schaake

HR

Shaureece Park

 

 

Project

University-wide Commencement and College Recognition Ceremonies

Summary

The goal of the project is to create an annual unified commencement to honor UNT graduates each academic year.

Status

100 percent complete
UNT started new commencement traditions in May 2015, holding a University-wide Commencement at Apogee Stadium to celebrate the entire graduating class for the academic year. This event features a nationally prominent speaker and degree conferral. The university also has created Undergraduate College Recognition Ceremonies and a Doctoral and Master’s Convocation with Doctoral/MFA Hooding for individual recognition.

Team Lead  

Laura Irving, Director of Special Events for the Office of the President 

Members (by division, group)

 

Academic Affairs

Gloria Cox
Herman Totten

President's Office

Shirley Agustin

Enrollment

Lynn McCreary
Bryan Heard
Connie Smith
Megan Wheeler

Faculty

Francisco Guzman
Adam Chamberlain

URCM

Ernestine Bousquet
Monique Bird
Kristi Easley
Michelle Hale
Brandon Tripp
Donald Wilson

Finance and Administration

Jim Coffey
Geary Robinson
Katie Marion
Dave Reynolds
Randy Fite
Connie Verdin
Courtney Burke

Student Affairs

Stephanie Brown
Michelle Bradley
Austin Chappell
Joshua Walton

Colleges

Lisa Whitby
Megan Heber
Lisa Goss
Samantha Moss
Carol Pollard

Students

Troy Elliott
Kam Willard

UNT Alumni Association

Rob McInturf

Athletics

Derek Grice
Nick Nagel

DCTA

Allison Meshnick

 

Project

Off-Campus Degree Offerings

Summary

The goal of the project is to launch three complete Bachelor/Master level degree programs at off-campus locations. Two programs are to be located at the Universities Center at Dallas (UCD) and one at Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC).

Status

50 percent complete

Team Lead

Allen Clark, Vice Provost for Academic Resources

Members (by division, group)

 

Academic Affairs

Finley Graves
Greg Watts
Eric Ligon

Finance and Administration

Bob Brown

 

Project

Distance Education Model Review

Summary

The goal of the project is to review course design for all online courses and implement a new distance education funding model to increase enrollment and enhance quality. 

Status

35 percent complete

Team Lead

Allen Clark, Vice Provost for Academic Resources

Members (by division, group)

 

Academic Affairs

Patrick Pluscht
Mike Simmons

 

RECRUITMENT/ENROLLMENT

Project

Eagle Express Tuition Plan

Summary

The goal of the project is develop and implement the Eagle Express Tuition Plan, a state-mandated fixed rate tuition plan designed to increase retention and 4-year graduation rates. The Eagle Express plan helps students manage their costs and graduate in four years while saving them money. They save up to $3,000 in the last 15 hours (typically their last semester) by graduating in four years, and if they qualify for the statewide on-time $1,000 tuition rebate, they’ll save $4,000.

Status

100 percent complete
The Eagle Express Tuition Plan was launched in Fall 2014 and is offered to all incoming UNT students. The response was overwhelming and about 4,900 students took advantage of the plan in the first year. Almost half were new freshmen.

Team Leads

Elizabeth With, Vice President for Student Affairs

 

Allen Clark, Vice Provost for Academic Resources

Members (by division, group)

 

Finance and Administration

Bob Brown
Zelma DeLeon
Beverly Cotton
Chris Foster

URCM

Deborah Leliaert
Charity Beck
Erica Blount
Ernestine Bousquet
Michelle Hale
Jillian Jordan
Nancy LeMay
Buddy Price
Kelley Pound
Matt Zabel
Sean Zeigler
Catherine Parkinson
Brandon Tripp

UNT System

Joey Saxon
Linda Wallace
Dorothy Flores

 

Project

Campus Visit/Tours

Summary

The goal is to increase campus visit offerings to accommodate increasing numbers of prospective students and their families. 

Status

100 percent complete
The number of tour participants increased by 32 percent this year compared to FY 2014 figures. Additional academic tours were added this year.

Team Lead

Deborah Leliaert, Vice President for University Relations and Planning

Members (by division, group)

 

URCM

Jennifer McClendon
Kristi Easley

 

LEADERSHIP 

Project

Vice President for Enrollment Search

Summary

The goal of the project is to hire a founding VP for Enrollment and create a new division responsible for overseeing UNT’s enrollment growth and retention strategies, ensuring that UNT attracts and retains high-quality students and maintains a strong foundation for growth.

Status

100 percent complete
Shannon Goodman, the founding Vice President for Enrollment, started February 2015. The division will help UNT achieve sustainable enrollment growth and improve the quality and diversity of our student population. The division oversees:

  • Undergraduate Admissions
  • Student Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Transfer Articulation

Team Lead

Elizabeth With, Vice President for Student Affairs

Members (by division, group)

 

Enrollment

Zelma DeLeon

Academic Affairs

Yolanda Niemann
Jason Simon

Student Affairs

Teresa McKinney

URCM

Deborah Leliaert

Athletics

Cinnamon Sheffield

Faculty Senate

Guido Verbeck
Vijay Vaidyanathan

Staff Senate

Donald Noska

Student groups

Anthony Brown
Anna Pechenina

 

Project

Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity Search

Summary

The goal of the project is to hire a VP to lead UNT’s efforts in diversity, inclusion and engagement and to reorganize the division.

Status

100 percent complete
Joanne Woodard, VP for Institutional Equity and Diversity, started June 2015. The division will help to ensure we execute the mission of the university as it relates to the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students as well as ensure there is a culture of inclusiveness and diversity on campus. The division oversees:

  • Equal Opportunity
  • Multicultural Center
  • Pride Alliance

Team Lead

Deborah Leliaert, Vice President for University Relations and Planning

Members (by division, group)

 

Academic Affairs

Christy Crutsinger
Jerry Thomas

Student Affairs

Melissa McGuire

Enrollment

Patrick Vasquez

Finance and Administration

Helen Bailey

Athletics

Cinnamon Sheffield

Faculty

John Ishiyama
Lorenzo Garcia
Jannon Fuchs
Mark Vosvick
V. Barbara Bush

Research and Economic Development

Ann Rodela

Staff

Billy Johnson
Pam Milner

Students

Devin Axtman
Jesus Valero
Troy Elliott

External Community

Irma Kusuma
Anne Marie Weiss-Armush

 

Project

Vice President for Advancement Search

Summary

The goal is to hire a Vice President for Advancement to lead UNT’s efforts in fundraising, development, and donor, alumni and key stakeholder engagement to advance UNT through strategic partnerships, advocacy and financial support.

Status

100 percent complete
David Wolf, Vice President for Advancement, started May 2015. The division will help UNT take donor relations, alumni and key stakeholder engagement and fundraising operations to the next level. The division oversees:

  • Advancement/Development
  • Comprehensive fundraising campaigns
  • UNT Alumni Association

Team Lead

Tom McCoy, Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Members (by division, group)

 

Advancement

Susan Sanders
Stan Walker

Alumni/External

Kristin Farmer
Mark Miller
Julie Anderson
Bob Kimmel

Academic Affairs

Courtney Anthony
Dorothy Bland

Athletics

Rick Villarreal

Faculty

Francisco Guzman
Guido Verbeck

 

FUNDRAISING AND STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

 

Project

Alumni, Prospect and Donor Engagement

Summary

The goal of the project is to increase alumni, prospect and donor engagement through the creation of new engagement opportunities and improvement of existing opportunities. 

Status

65 percent complete  

Team Leads

David Wolf, Vice President for Advancement
Eileen Moran, Associate Vice President for Advancement

Members (by division, group)

 

Advancement

Stan Walker
Kim Wendt
Rob McInturf

 

Project

Alumni, Prospect and Donor Relations

Summary

The goal of the project is to increase alumni, prospect and donor engagement through improved prospect/donor experience, enhanced donor relations and increased accountability.

Status

83 percent complete   

Team Leads

David Wolf, Vice President  for Advancement
Eileen Moran, Associate Vice President for Advancement

Members (by division, group)

 

Advancement

Stan Walker
Kim Wendt
Rob McInturf, UNT Alumni Association

 

Project

Alumni, Prospect and Donor Communications

Summary

The goal of the project is to increase alumni, prospect and donor engagement through improved and consistent communication and personalized communications.

Status

49 percent complete

Team Leads

David Wolf, Vice President for Advancement
Eileen Moran, Associate Vice President for Advancement

Members (by division, group)

 

Advancement

Stan Walker
Kim Wendt
Rob McInturf, UNT Alumni Association

 

Project

Advancement Training

Summary

The goal of the project is to create effective fundraising opportunities by increasing the competency of development officers and providing development training to deans and faculty.

Status

67 percent complete

Team Leads

David Wolf, Vice President for Advancement
Eileen Moran, Associate Vice President for Advancement

Members (by division, group)

 

Advancement

Stan Walker
Kim Wendt
Rob McInturf, UNT Alumni Association

 

Project

Philanthropy 

Summary

The goal of the project is to increase the quality, variety and marketing of philanthropic opportunities. 

Status

66 percent complete

Team Leads

David Wolf, Vice President for Advancement
Eileen Moran, Associate Vice President for Advancement

Members (by division, group)

 

Advancement

Stan Walker
Kim Wendt
Rob McInturf, UNT Alumni Association

 

Project

125th Anniversary

Summary

The goal of the project is to coordinate and implement programming to celebrate UNT's 125th anniversary.  

Status

36 percent complete

Team Leads

Elizabeth With, Vice President for Student Affairs
Eileen Moran, Associate Vice President for Advancement

Members (by division, group)

 

President's Office

President Smatresk
Laurea Irving

Advancement

Jenni McDermott

UNT Foundation

Jerry Holbert(now retired)

Student Affairs

Adam Allattry

Academic Affairs

Dorothy Bland

Athletics

Hank Dickenson

Staff Senate

Don Noska

Faculty Senate

Guido Verbeck
John Murphy

Students

Jacquie Cheun
Emily Klement

External

Morgan Gieringer
Bill Patterson
Kim Phillips
Chuck Carpenter
Jamie Wilson
Scott Parks
Amanda Crocker
Mario Zavala

URCM

Randena Hulstrand
Jill King
Julie Payne
Kelley Reese
Ernestine Bousquet
Chris Bryan

 

PLANNING AND BUDGETING

Project

Strategic Planning Implementation

Summary

The goal of the project is to establish planning implementation processes that identify university priorities, track progress toward objectives, and enhance transparency and accountability of planning implementation teams. The annual planning cycle includes:

  • Campus-wide listening and engagement sessions
  • Planning Implementation Workshop: Annual summer event to develop priorities for coming academic year from broad internal and external stakeholder input
  • State of the University: President’s annual address to campus detailing progress from past year and priorities going forward
  • Periodic and Annual Reporting: Updates from Planning Implementation teams throughout the year and year-end report
  • Research, selection and implementation of planning software. The software also was adopted by the UNT System and other member institutions.  

Status

100 percent complete

Team Lead

Deborah Leliaert, Vice President for University Relations and Planning

Members (by division, group)

 

URCM

Kristi Easley
Julie Payne
Kelley Reese
Ernestine Bousquet

 

Project

Strategic Planning Implementation Software

Summary

The goal of the project is to research, select and implement strategic planning software to support planning implementation process and activities. 

Status

100 percent complete

Team Lead:

Kristi Easley, Director of Outcomes Assessment and Planning

Members (by division, group)

 

URCM

Deborah Leliaert
Julie Payne
Kelley Reese

 

IT SHARED SERVICES INITIATIVES

 

Project

Customer Relations Management (CRM)  (IT SHARED SERVICES)

Summary

The goal of the project is to select and launch a Constituent Relations Management (CRM) System to better recruit, enroll and retain students.

Status

95 percent complete for selection of CRM system
0 percent complete  for implementation

Executive Sponsors

Deborah Leliaert, Vice President for University Relations and Planning (Selection)
Shannon Goodman, Vice President for Enrollment (Implementation)

Members (by division, group)

 

URCM

Kenn Moffitt, Business Co-Sponsor
Kelley Reese
Charity Beck
Kelley Pound

Enrollment

Rebecca Lothringer, Business-Co Sponsor

UNT IT

David Wright, Project Manager

UNT System IT

Monika Botha
Jeri Takimoto
KC Koh
Kem Marcum

 

Project

Marketing Automation System (IT SHARED SERVICES)

Summary

The goal of the project is to select and launch a marketing automation system to better recruit, enroll and retain students.

Status

95 percent complete  for selection of Marketing Automation System
0 percent complete for implementation

Executive Sponsors

Deborah Leliaert, Vice President for University Relations and Planning (Selection)
Shannon Goodman, Vice President for Enrollment (Implementation)

Members (by division, group)

 

URCM

Kenn Moffitt, Business Co-Sponsor
Kelley Reese
Kelley Pound
Charity Beck

Enrollment

Rebecca Lothringer, Business-Co Sponsor
Dustin Mayfield

UNT IT

Mohammed Haq, Project Manager

UNT System IT

Monika Botha
Jeri Takimoto
KC Koh
Jeri Takimoto
Kem Marcum

 

Project

Emergency Notification System (IT SHARED SERVICES)

Summary

The goal of the project is to select, implement and provide training for Emergency Communication System for the UNT System.

Status

100 percent complete for the selection of a software. A new project has been launched for implementation, guidelines and training.

28 percent complete for implementation and training

Executive Sponsor

Deborah Leliaert, Vice President for University Relations and Planning

Members (by division, group)

 

URCM

Kenn Moffitt, Business Sponsor

Kelley Reese
Kelley Reese
Margarita Venegas

Police

Ed Reynolds

Risk Management

Brad Scott
Justin Stewart
Blake Abbe

UNT System IT

Jason Myre
Robert Jones
Mohammed Haq
Alan Wilson

UNTHSC

Jeff Carlton
Mathew Moncus

UNT Dallas

Randy Jolly
Cliff Janes

UNT Dallas College of Law

Tricia Magel
Jennifer Wondracek

UNT System

Cynthia Hall
Mai Koua Thao

 

Project

Mobile Application (IT SHARED SERVICES)

Summary

The goal of the project is to select and launch a mobile application to improve the ability of students to perform needed functions or obtain needed information from any mobile device.

Status

20 percent complete for selection

Executive Sponsor

Deborah Leliaert, Vice President for University Relations and Planning

Members (by division, group)

 

URCM

Kenn Moffitt, business owner for UNT

UNT System

Robert Jones, technical lead

UNT Dallas

David Kirkwood
Sheryl Santos-Hatchett
Kevin Rocha
Jason Faulk

UNTHSC

Woody Haggar
A.J. Randolph
Johnny Thompson

 

Project

Financial Aid Improvement – Verification Timing (IT SHARED SERVICES)

Summary

The goal of the project is decrease the amount of time needed to process Financial Aid verification.

Status

85 percent complete

Executive Sponsor

Rama Dhuwaraha, Chief Technology Officer and interim CIO, ITSS

Members (by division, group)

 

Enrollment

Zelma DeLeon
Shannon Goodman
Lacey Thompson
Ed Turney

ITSS

Mahshid Grooms
Robert Jones

UNT Dallas

Scott Lapinksi

 

Project

Financial Aid Improvement – Application Process (IT SHARED SERVICES)

Summary

The goal of the project is to digitize and improve the financial aid application process.

Status

10 percent complete 

Executive Sponsor

Rama Dhuwaraha, Chief Technology Officer and interim CIO, ITSS

Members (by division, group)

 

Enrollment

Zelma DeLeon
Shannon Goodman
Lacey Thompson
Ed Turney

ITSS

Mahshid Grooms
Robert Jones

UNT Dallas

Scott Lapinksi

 

Project

Data Warehouse (IT SHARED SERVICES)

Summary

The goal of the project is to assemble a data warehouse that meets the analytical and dashboard needs of the UNT System and institutions. 

Status

12 percent complete

Executive Sponsor

Rama Dhuwaraha, Chief Technology Officer and interim CIO, ITSS

Members (by division, group)

 

Enrollment

Shannon Goodman

Academic Affairs

Ryan Fellers
Bill Moen
Jason Simon

ITSS

Robert Jones
Martin Miller

UNTHSC

Woody Hagar

UNT Dallas

H.D. Stearman

 

Project

Academic Advising Solutions (IT SHARED SERVICES)

Summary

The goal of the project is to implement a universally used academic advising solution that provides key features needed by the universities in the UNT System, centered on academic advising and degree audit capabilities. 

Status

10 percent complete

Executive Sponsor

Rama Dhuwaraha, Chief Technology Officer and interim CIO, ITSS

Members (by division, group)

 

Enrollment

Shannon Goodman

 
Academic Affairs

Allen Clark
Christy Crutsinger
Lisa Maxwell
Costas Tsatsoulis

ITSS

Dorothy Flores
Jeri Takimoto

UNTHSC

Richard Kurz
Meharvan “Sonny” Singh

UNT Dallas

Stephanie Holley
Katrina Coakley

 

Project

Early Warning System (IT SHARED SERVICES)

Summary

The goal of the project is to acquire/develop early warning systems that help identify students who need assistance to succeed in continuing their education.   

Status

1 percent complete

Executive Sponsor

Rama Dhuwaraha, Chief Technology Officer and interim CIO, ITSS

Members (by division, group)

 

Enrollment

Shannon Goodman

Academic Affairs

Roxanne Davenport
Mike McKay

UNT Dallas

Stephanie Holley
Katrina Coakley

UNTHSC

AJ Randolph
Katy Kemp
Rebel Jones 

ITSS

Linda Wallace