Hear latest regents’ actions and more at next week’s town hall meeting
President Scott Ransom’s quarterly town hall meetings will be held Monday, May 21, from noon to 1 pm, and Tuesday, May 22, from 7 to 8 am, in Beyer Hall (RES-114). On the agenda are several items approved by the UNT System Board of Regents at their May 11 quarterly meeting, including new names for several programs, a new community advisory group, the first building on the West Campus and a new position in academic affairs. Among other topics scheduled for the town hall meetings are updates on searches for the dean of the School of Public Health and the president of UNT Health.
Among the action items from the May 11 Board of Regents meeting:
- The renaming of the Department of Family Medicine to Department of Family and Community Medicine, the Department of Pathology to Department of Pathology and Human Identification, and the Physician Assistant Studies Program to Department of Physician Assistant Studies.
- Creation of a UNT Health Science Center Board of Visitors, an advisory group of community members to help support and advance our mission and programs.
- Establishing the position of vice president of academic affairs, which will have responsibility for the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development, Library Services, Academic Information Services and Information Technology Services. The regents also accepted the appointment of Dr. Jamboor K. Vishwanatha to that position. Dr. Vishwanatha will continue to serve as associate dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
- The go-ahead to finish out the 2nd floor and construct labs on part of the 4th floor in the Center for BioHealth.
- Selection of an architect for the first building on the West Campus.
- Authorization to seek approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a new Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program.