Former regent only finalist for post

Tue, Jun 18, 2013 - 11:22am
Michael Williams has been named the sole finalist for the position of president at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, where he has served as interim president since December. The Board of Regents named him the sole finalist Tuesday evening after UNT system Chancellor Lee Jackson recommended Williams to the board. Before the meeting, Jackson received a unanimous recommendation from the presidential search advisory committee to select Williams as president of the Fort Worth school. Williams can be formally named president of the UNT Health Science Center later this summer, after a state-mandated waiting period of...

Multibillion-dollar campus construction program perishes at end of legislative session

Tue, May 28, 2013 - 2:06pm

AUSTIN — A $2.7 billion state bond package that would have financed expansion projects at more than a half dozen universities in North Texas died on the final day of the legislative session despite frantic last-minute effort to save it.

“We couldn’t rescue it,” said State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, sponsor of the state’s first tuition revenue bond package in seven years. “We tried.”

Zaffirini said she will try to resurrect the proposal in a special session that Gov. Rick Perry called immediately after the 83rd Legislature adjourned its biennial 140-day regular session on Monday.

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Texas House rejects incentive fund for UT Southwestern, other university health institutions

Tue, May 14, 2013 - 12:08pm

AUSTIN — Dallas Rep. Dan Branch’s bill to create a new incentive fund for university health institutions went down in a close House vote Friday after barely passing the previous night.

Dispute over the merits of the bill centered on regional preferences and university system pressures, with defenders of the A&M, Texas Tech and University of North Texas health institutions contending that the excellence fund would be partial to the research-heavy UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Debate was heated between Branch and a fellow Republican, Rep. Charlie Geren of Fort Worth.

“Are you not just creating a...


Ransom fired as president of UNT Health Science Center

Thu, Jan 3, 2013 - 2:00pm

The board of trustees at the University of North Texas on Friday fired Dr. Scott Ransom as president of the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth and named Michael Williams, DO, MD, as interim president.

Williams, 58, is a Fort Worth native and has been a member of the UNT board of regents for the past 15 months. Ransom had been...

Possible merger of UNT and health science center no longer on the table

Thu, Nov 29, 2012 - 2:32pm

Discussions about whether to put the University of North Texas' main campus in Denton and the school's Fort Worth health science center under the same academic umbrella have been tabled.

Instead, the University of North Texas System has renewed its focus on getting an M.D. program for Fort Worth and top research status for the flagship campus in Denton.

UNT System Chancellor Lee F. Jackson said Wednesday that he decided to table "further discussion of the concept of a merger of our two universities indefinitely so it will not be considered in 2013."

The decision was made at a board of regents meeting...