Search for campus president continues for UNT Dallas

Search for campus president continues for UNT Dallas

January 23
23:11 2013

Olivia Sylvian / Intern

The UNT Dallas campus is currently searching for a new president to prepare for president John Ellis Price’s departure this August.

Price told the university that he would be stepping down last March, but will remain as the campus president until Aug. 31.

In response, the Presidential Search Advisory Committee was established by UNT Chancellor Lee Jackson last September in order to screen nominees for the position.

The 11-member committee is led by co-chairs Gwyn Shea and Michael Williams and it includes members of the Board of Regents along with faculty, staff and community members.

“You want to have a broad representation of the university and the surrounding community,” Smith said. “There needs to be diversity of input.”

In an official statement Chancellor Jackson said the purpose of the committee is to “agree on a strategy to identify, encourage and recruit the best possible candidate.”

“The entire process is sensitive and confidential,” said Dr. Jennifer Baggerly, UNT Dallas Associate Professor of Counseling and member of the Presidential Search advisory board.

The head of the UNT System told the Dallas Morning News that Jackson is looking for a replacement who is an “innovator” and is willing to commit “at least five years to the job.”

Jackson said Price was an innovator in his time with the university.

Price was vice chancellor and chief executive officer of the UNT Dallas campus in 2001. He was appointed president in 2009 when UNT Dallas became a general academic university.

“Price formally decided not to renew his contract in summer 2012,” said Doug Smith, UNT Dallas Vice President for University Advancement.

The committee has hosted public meetings to allow members of the university to share what qualities they are looking for in a president. They will decide on the criteria that each applicant must meet in order to be nominated.

Three nominees will be presented to Chancellor Jackson for further evaluation and then to the Board of Regents, who will make the final decision.

When Price officially steps down this summer, UNT’s President V. Lane Rawlins will be the longest-tenured president of UNT’s three campuses. He has been the main campus president since 2010.

The Health Science Center’s current interim president is Michael Williams, who replaced the recently fired Scott Ransom.

No timetable has been released to the public for the new hire.

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