Thursday, October 7, 2010
UNT Dallas honors dignitaries who brought the university to Dallas
The university is Dallas’ first and only publicly supported university.
DALLAS The University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas) hosted its first Founders Day Celebration Wednesday, honoring the leaders who helped bring the university to Dallas. Texas Governor Rick Perry, Texas State Senator Royce West, Texas State Representative Helen Giddings, Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway, UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson, UNT Dallas President John Ellis Price, and members of the UNT System Board of Regents were all on hand to celebrate this historic event and stress the importance of higher education to our region’s future.
“Today we celebrate the next chapter in the lives of countless Texans who will get a head start on their careers thanks to the degrees they will earn at the University of North Texas at Dallas,” Gov. Perry said. “Institutions like UNT Dallas are essential to ensuring higher education is accessible to all Texans, strengthening our economy, and making our state more competitive for jobs and investment.”
Located 10 minutes south of downtown Dallas, UNT Dallas began as a branch campus of the University of North Texas in 2000 and transitioned to an independent institution in September 2010. UNT Dallas will continue to operate under UNT’s accreditation until it receives its own in about two years. The university is Dallas’ first and only publicly supported university. The first freshman class of 133 students began classes in the fall of 2010 and will graduate in 2014.
“This university would not have been possible without the vision and commitment of the people here today,” said President John Price. “This new university is here to provide greater access to quality education for the people of Dallas and North Texas and to help change family trees for generations to come. With the continued support of everyone here today and the citizens of Dallas, I believe we can accomplish that.”
Source: Allyn Media
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