UNT pledges accountability on T-shirts but balks at webcasts

Wed, Jul 9, 2014 - 1:27pm -- (View the original The Dallas Morning News article.)

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UNT spokeswoman Kelley Reese explained why there’s no webcast today: “Given our limited staff, the UNT System committed for the first year to stream the regular meetings of the full board. For staff planning purposes we are not currently streaming special called, board, committee or task force meetings.”

Meanwhile, UNT spent $2,892.50 on 250 of those Transformers T-shirts and $51.75 on the banner.

And that new website on the “financial transformation?” It’s expected to go live next week, Reese said


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Update at 1:57 p.m.: UNT spokeswoman Kelley Reese explained why there’s no webcast today: “Given our limited staff, the UNT System committed for the first year to stream the regular meetings of the full board. For staff planning purposes we are not currently streaming special called, board, committee or task force meetings.”

Meanwhile, UNT spent $2,892.50 on 250 of those Transformers T-shirts and $51.75 on the banner.

And that new website on the “financial transformation?” It’s expected to go live next week, Reese said.

Original post: The UNT System’s Financial Oversight Task Force is meeting right now in Dallas. System leaders are unveiling a new motto: “TRANSFORMERS: Accuracy. Integrity. Accountability.” They’ve even made a bunch of T-shirts that say so.

If this were a regular meeting of the University of North Texas System regents, you could watch this on a live webcast. If so moved, you could replay it to your heart’s content.

But alas, UNT System is not doing webcasts of the task force meetings. I’ve asked for comment and been told I’ll hear back from someone after the meeting.

Regents created this task force to tackle UNT’s financial problems, like misspending $83.5 million in state funds and overstating its financial position by $23 million.

Fortunately, Jenna Duncan of the Denton Record-Chronicle (our sister paper) is at the meeting. She took the picture above of Janet Waldron, one of the new administrators hired to clean up UNT’s financial mess, with the new motto behind her.

At a regents’ meeting last month, Waldron said UNT intends to create a public website this summer devoted to what the system calls its “financial transformation project.”

According to Jenna’s story, here’s what Waldron said: “We have a team that’s focused on communications and transparency and getting information out so people know what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and how we’re going to be doing it so they can be part of the engagement.”

You can watch the webcast of that meeting here. As for today’s task force meeting, follow @jennafduncan on Twitter.