Norval Pohl's major accomplishments as president of the University of North Texas

Tuesday, July 19, 2005
  • Acquisition of the Texas Instruments facility and its planned conversion to a research park:
    • In 2001, Pohl negotiated an $8.9 million deal with Texas Instruments that resulted in UNT’s purchase of nearly 300 acres in north Denton and four interconnected two-story buildings with some 550,000 gross square feet for classroom, laboratory, office and work space.
    • Pohl’s vision for the new property included developing it to fulfill UNT’s long held ambition to establish a College of Engineering and the UNT Research Park. He has sought partnering opportunities with high-tech corporations to expand research in the area and enhance economic development in Denton and communities throughout North Texas.
    • In 2004, he concluded an agreement with NanoHoldings LLC to jointly form NanoStar, Inc. to commercialize patent-pending, UNT-developed nanotechnology focusing on energy storage and release.
  • Fulfillment of UNT’s long held ambition to initiate a College of Engineering:
    • In late 2001 and early 2002, Pohl dedicated considerable effort to establishing the UNT College of Engineering.
    • The UNT Board of Regents approved the plan in February 2002 and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board gave unanimous approval to the plan in April 2002.
    • At the conclusion of an eight-month, nationwide search, Pohl appointed Dr. Oscar N. Garcia as the founding dean of the new engineering school in February 2003.
    • After considerable renovation, the UNT College of Engineer established UNT Research Park as its home in January 2004
  • Fulfillment of UNT’s long-time goal to provide state-of-the-art chemistry laboratories, classrooms and office spaces for both teaching and research.
    • A 105,000 square-foot Chemistry Building opened in fall 2004.
  • Establishment of a state-of-the art Student Recreation Center:
    • Pohl worked directly with UNT student leaders to plan and open a state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center after the student body voted to pass a $75 per semester student recreation fee to finance construction and operations.
    • The facility opened at the beginning of the 2003-2004 academic year with multi-purpose courts for basketball, volleyball, and badminton; an indoor soccer gymnasium; a 14,500 squrae foot weight & fitness room; an indoor climbing wall; a lap pool and a leisure pool; and many other features.
  • Acquisition of the Liberty Christian School property to address Title IX issues in UNT’s Intercollegiate Athletic Program and add both athletic and academic space for the university:
    • Under Pohl’s leadership, UNT concluded an agreement with Liberty Christian School to purchase the school’s campus on Bonnie Brae for $5.1 million in February 2002.
    • The development plans for the nearly 19-acre campus (with seven buildings and athletic fields) call for adding space for all women’s athletic programs at the university.
  • Construction of new athletic facilities to house administrative offices, the Mean Green football program, a weight room and academic support areas for UNT student athletes:
    • Instituting plans to develop Eagle Point Campus, Pohl enabled the Athletic Department to expand its quarters. The new Athletic Center, opened in January 2005, is the first building in a new athletic complex on Eagle Point Campus that also will include a new tennis center.
    • Pohl’s plans for development of Eagle Point Campus also included a residence hall and dining hall — Victory Hall opened in August 2004.
  • Student housing developed and opened under Pohl’s auspices include:
    • Victory Hall opened in 2004 on Eagle Point Campus;
    • Traditions Hall opened in 2003; and
    • Sorority Row, the home of five campus sorority chapters — Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Beta Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha— opened in 2004
  • Home for the NT Exes:
    • Pohl enabled the UNT alumni association, the NT Exes, to renovate space in the Gateway Center and open its new headquarters as the “University’s Living Room” in 2003.
  • Overhaul of UNT Enterprise-wide Information System
    • Pohl presided over one of the largest projects ever undertaken by UNT, the multiyear overhaul and modernization of the university’s computing system — the Enterprise-wide Information System.
    • By implementing EIS, UNT is addressing information and computing needs in the areas of student records, financial aid, student accounting, admissions, student recruitment, finance and business, purchasing, budgeting, grant accounting, property and inventory, human resources (including payroll) and advancement.

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