Eddy announces retirement from UNT Dallas Campus

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

DALLAS – Dan Eddy, director of community development with the University of North Texas Dallas Campus since October 2002, has announced plans to retire from his position effective April 30. Eddy has accepted a position with the Methodist Health System as vice president of external affairs.

Eddy described his tenure with the UNT Dallas Campus as "great," and said he plans to "continue promoting UNT Dallas at every opportunity."

"I have been involved either as a volunteer or staff member since 1997," Eddy said. "I know as well as anyone that this region needs a university."

The region also needs quality and affordable healthcare, Eddy said, and that lead him to accept the specially created position with Methodist Hospital System. Eddy will be charged with creating a governmental affairs and advocacy program for the system. He has served on the system's board for eight years.

John Ellis Price, vice chancellor of the UNT Dallas Campus and president designate of the future UNT Dallas, said Eddy "has made a monumental contribution to the development of the future UNT Dallas."

"Dan has helped us meet our targets for enrollment, served as an advocate for economic development around the Campus, and he's been an invaluable liaison to area chambers of commerce and community organizations. We all will miss him, but I am confident that we will continue to build on the firm foundation Dan has built for us in Dallas and the Best Southwest cities," Price said.

Before joining the UNT Dallas Campus, Eddy was director of external affairs with Southwestern Bell Telephone (AT&T) for 34 years. He has served on numerous boards and committees, including the City of Dallas' "Forward!Dallas" Committee, the Grand Prairie Quality of Life Foundation, and the North Texas Commission Board of Directors.

In 2007, Eddy was given the Best Southwest Cities' Distinguished Leadership Award. He has also received the UNT Honorary Alumnus Award, Duncanville "Man of the Year" Award in 1994,  Grand Prairie "Zeus Award" (Man of the Year) in 1993, and an honorary Lifetime PTA Award. He was co-founder of the "Best Southwest Scholars" Program and co-founder of "Operation Clean Sweep" in Southern Dallas County.

Eddy was a member of State Sen. Royce West's initial selection team created to recruit and select a state-supported university to the southern sector of Dallas. He served on the final community-based team that selected UNT as the "university of choice" for this region. He was chairman of the "Where Eagles Dare" gala in September 2000, the first community-based fundraiser for what would become the UNT Dallas Campus.

Eddy said he was "thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Sen. Royce West and Rep. Helen Giddings, other elected officials and mayors of the Best Southwest cities, UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson, and President Designate John Price at UNT Dallas. UNT Dallas has a great future ahead with great leadership and strong advocates in the local and state governments."

Eddy has been married to the former Kathy Cummings for more than 40 years, and they have two sons and seven grandchildren.

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