UNT president to step down
DENTON, TEXAS – Dr. Gretchen M. Bataille announced today that she is stepping down as president of the University of North Texas effective Feb. 28.
"When I accepted the UNT presidency, I made the commitment to serve as a transformational leader. I saw a great opportunity to forge a clear direction for the university's future and to take it to new heights," said Bataille.
"As a university community, we have made significant progress in many areas, including academics, arts, research, athletics and image and reputation. A better infrastructure is in place to achieve our strategic goals and to embrace new opportunities. Pride in our university is at an all-time high, and we have achieved unprecedented levels of state and national recognition. I am proud of these accomplishments."
Bataille had ambitions for UNT, set higher expectations for everyone associated with the university, and brought a good deal of energy to her job as president, according to UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson.
"President Bataille has been remarkably engaged with students, faculty and staff members, alumni and friends of the university. Her passion and enthusiasm have increased UNT's sense of community and institutional pride," said Jackson. "Her visibility in the higher education community and her efforts to advance UNT's image and reputation have put the university on the map nationally and raised its recognition statewide. Her efforts provide us a good foundation for the university's next stages of growth and academic and research achievement."
The UNT System Board of Regents is expected to accept Bataille's resignation at its regular quarterly board meeting Feb. 11-12. At that meeting, board members also are expected to consider processes for the appointment of an interim president and the search for a new university president.
"Members of the UNT System Board of Regents and I thank President Bataille for her leadership and service to the university," said Board Chairman C. Dan Smith. "We respect the strong sense of purpose that she brought to her presidency and her work to build an even better university.
"As a board, we are committed to a smooth transition of leadership through a thorough and inclusive search for a new president – someone who can maintain our momentum and continue to build a promising future for UNT," he said. "We're not going to let any grass grow under our feet during the presidential search process. The major projects that are underway will continue to move forward."
Bataille was named UNT president on Aug. 14, 2006, and was inaugurated as UNT's first female president on April 13, 2007. Prior to joining UNT, Bataille served as senior vice president of Academic Affairs for the University of North Carolina System.