University of North Texas System chancellor retiring after 15 years

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University of North Texas System Chancellor Lee Jackson is retiring by the end of 2017 after 15 years of service. He is the longest-serving chancellor in state history, according to the system. 

Jackson, a former Dallas County judge, was appointed to the post in 2002 by the university system’s board of regents. 

During his tenure, the UNT system expanded from two campuses to four, and as of last fall, more than 40,000 students were enrolled overall.  

“It has been a great privilege to lead the UNT System team, our Board, and our three campuses in service to the North Texas region,” Jackson said in a statement Thursday announcing his retirement. “I have especially enjoyed the energy and excitement that come from a constant flow of students striving for success in a growing region.”  

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The search for Jackson’s successor will begin immediately, and Jackson will continue serving until a new chancellor is named, according to the system.  


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