Reprint of Oct. 26, 2018 email to UNT.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." – Winston Churchill
October 9 marked my one-year anniversary with the UNT System and I wanted to thank each and every team member across our system for their support and hard work during my first 12 months as Chancellor.
During my first year on the job I’ve spent a significant amount of time learning, by listening to our presidents, faculty, staff, students, alumni, supporters and community members. As part of this process, I’ve had candid conversations about our past, present and future. We held town hall sessions on each campus last fall and you came out in large numbers to engage in meaningful dialogue. That commitment drives all of us toward our collective vision of a collaborative, efficient and effective organization that serves students, nurtures research and provides its faculty and staff with the tools and environment necessary for success.
As part of our efforts to cultivate continuous improvement, we will always analyze and assess the way we conduct business – tracking measurable results against specific strategic goals. Our analysis will include external reviews, and in fact we’re nearing completion of a significant study of the UNT System’s institutional brands – UNT, UNT Dallas and UNT Health Science Center – by an independent, research-driven brand management firm. Once the review is complete, the presidents and I will share our forward actions with all of you.
Our next set of external reviews will analyze operations in facilities and information technology (IT), at both the campus and system level. These areas will be analyzed by a set of independent (not tied to the UNT System) experts that we expect to review our operations from an unbiased lens to identify new approaches and best practices.
Our leaders in facilities and IT are proactively helping to define these reviews to understand strengths, weakness, and opportunities to be better in the future. Building an effective culture of continuous improvement is not just about executing a handful of process improvement projects. That's a starting point, but more is required to drive sustainable results over time and embed continuous improvement into the fabric of our system.
Last week my leadership team was joined by our three presidents for a full day of strategic discussion and it's clear that from Denton, to Dallas, to Fort Worth, the UNT System is aligned in its resolve to do the work that's necessary to build a self-aware organization that's consistently finding ways to be better. I look forward to sharing our work on vision and culture in upcoming Town Halls with all of you. As we embark on my second year with our great system, I thank all of you for embracing this vision for our organization and I am eager to see our hard work pay off both in the short-term, as well as in years to come.
TCU and UNTHSC MD School gain provisional accreditation
The inaugural class of Fort Worth’s new medical program can begin applying in November for slots because it has been awarded preliminary accreditation. The medical school is a partnership of TCU and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education awarded the preliminary accreditation last week, followed by a formal stamp of approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in a vote held Oct. 25.
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UNT achieves record-setting fundraising totals for second year in a row
The generosity of the University of North Texas family reached an all-time high this year with more than $36.6 million raised to benefit students, research and programming. This is the second consecutive year the Division of Advancement has achieved record-setting fundraising results.
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UNT Dallas Celebrates Record Enrollment
UNT Dallas set an enrollment record for the third consecutive fall, with 3,750 students enrolled at the 8-year-old school. The university's rapid growth and emergence in Southern Dallas was featured by CBS 11 reporter Robbie Owens.
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NEWS & NOTES
As part of our aforementioned efforts to improve services and efficiencies, the UNT System finance team has streamlined its structure by moving Accounts Payable, P-Card and Travel teams under the leadership of Mike Abernathy, Senior Director of Procurement and Payment Services. Mike's expanded role will support a new structure that places the procure-to-pay cycle in one shop. This new alignment will allow a better strategic approach to a full vendor service in a P2P environment, focused on driving more efficient operations and improved service.
DALLAS INNOVATES SPOTLIGHTS
As part of a partnership with D Magazine and the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, I share insights and news from the UNT System on the popular web site DallasInnovates.com. Two of my recent columns posted to the web site and can be viewed at the links below:
STATE EMPLOYEE CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN DEADLINE APPROACHING A reminder to all that the Oct. 31 deadline for UNT System faculty and staff to contribute to the Texas State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) is quickly approaching. This annual fundraising effort gives state employees like us the opportunity to improve the quality of life for tens of thousands in the North Texas region and beyond. Giving to any charitable cause is a personal decision that all of us must make, and I encourage all of you to review just how easy it is to make a difference by visiting secctexas.org. Candidly, we are below our normal giving levels this year, so please take a few minutes to learn how your one-time contribution, or ongoing support via payroll deduction, can change lives. As we build a compassionate workplace culture, giving back is important and I recorded a short video message earlier this week that can be viewed below. Thank you for your consideration!