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Top UNT officials move offices to Dallas

Top UNT officials move offices to Dallas

November 10
23:31 2009

Board of Regents will relocate away from UNT

By Courtney Roberts / Assigning Editor –

Members of the governing board and other divisions of the UNT System will formally announce their relocation to the Universities Center in downtown Dallas on Friday evening in the Center’s lobby.

The UNT System consists of the UNT campus in Denton, the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth, The Universities Center in Dallas and the UNT Dallas campus.

Administrators and employees in the Board of Regents, Chancellor’s office, General Counsel office and system’s facilities moved to 1901 Main St. in Dallas in August to create a central, neutral location for all the campuses, officials said.

“Having a system office on the Denton campus, there was probably not a neutral feeling for the rest of the campuses, so we just centralized it with a location for everybody to come to,” said Cynthia Hall, the director of the UNT System and External Relations. “With the growth, it just became a logistics thing to move to downtown Dallas.”

The switch to a non-main campus location is different than where other major universities in Texas place their governing bodies.

The University of Texas’ Board of Regents meets at its main campus in Austin, the Texas A&M University System is in College Station and the Texas Tech University System is located on its main campus in Lubbock.

Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs said he believes the change could have an adverse effect on UNT and the city.

“The heart of the eagle has just been moved to Dallas,” Burroughs said. “After 120 years, it’s not a positive step, and I have grave concerns with it.”

Burroughs was also concerned about the lack of notification both the public and the city have received on the move.

“It was not brought in on any discussions about the implications that this move might have on the city of Denton,” he said.

Hall, however, said the move has never been a secret since they had to seek approval from the Board of Regents, but she couldn’t recall if any formal notification was sent to the Denton City Council.

“We [Denton and UNT] have long shared a common identity,” Burroughs said. “It is clearly an intent to shift the main campus from Denton to Dallas.”

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