Message from the dean and college news roundup - Fall 2016

Dr. CombesGreetings!

Fall is here, and that means the UNT College of Education is in full swing!

For those of you who didn’t see our summer e-newsletter, I am Dr. Bertina Combes, and I’m serving as interim dean following Dr. Jerry Thomas’ retirement in July. I am the college’s associate dean for academic affairs and research, and I also teach courses in Special Education in the Department of Educational Psychology. This fall marks my 27th year at UNT, coming to Denton after spending three years at Texas Tech University. I have two children who attend UNT, Ashley, a junior, and Julius, a sophomore. My mother, Dr. Gladys Hildreth, recently retired from UNT, having taught in the area of Development and Family Studies.

As you can see, I am deeply committed to UNT on many levels. I will continue to endeavor to ensure our students get the learning experiences they need to forge successful careers and our faculty receive the support they need in the classroom and in their research.

The college has so much to be proud of, especially our amazing students and alumni like Cecilia Joyce Price, Krystal Johnson and Nydia Sanchez.

Our faculty continue to impress as well, with four winning UNT campuswide Salute to Faculty Excellence awards this fall!

I’m immensely proud to be part of the College of Education at UNT, and I hope you are too. If you have suggestions about news or events you’d like to see from the college, please drop us a line at And if you would like to support the college by making a gift, please visit or contact Keturi Beatty at or 940-891-6860.

Bertina H. Combes, Ph.D.
Interim Dean and Professor