Message from the dean and college news roundup - Summer2017

At the end of July, my time as interim dean will come to an end and our new dean, Randy Bomer, joins us from the University of Texas in Austin. It has been such a phenomenol year, and I am honored to have served UNT's College of Education as interim dean. I will return to the position of associate dean for academic affairs and research. I look forward to working with incoming Dean Bomer and the rest of the administrative team, and I'm excited to see what he has in store for us! In my final column, I want to highlight some great work that has been going on in the college over the last few months.

Many of you may know Hope Garcia, a longtime UNT Student Affairs professional and a 2015 graduate of our Higher Education doctoral program. I’m very happy to announce that Hope, now director of Student Services at UNT’s New College at Frisco, has been elected to the Texas Association for College and University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA) Board of Directors. She will be working with education professionals from across the state to support students and institutions.

We’re also very proud of Teacher Education and Administration professor Dina Castro, who has been elected to the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Dr. Castro will be working with NAEYC’s more than 300 regional chapters. Congratulations!

And finally I’d like to make one final appeal to those of you who worked or studied with my predecesser, Dr. Jerry Thomas. When Dean Thomas retired, we started a scholarship in his honor. That fund has almost reached endowment level, which is when we’ll be able to start awarding it to deserving students. Your gifts, no matter what size, make an enormous difference. As an added bonus, alumna and Development Board chair Cathy Bryce and her husband, fellow alum Jack Atkins, have committed to matching every gift through Aug. 31, 2017, up to a total of $7,000!

If you would like to make a gift to Dean Thomas’ scholarship, visit For more information, you can always give us a call at 940-369-7805.