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Rosemary Haggett named vice chancellor at U. of North Texas

University of North Texas
July 8, 2010
Rosemary R. Haggett has been named Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success for the University of North Texas System.

Dr. Haggett, who will join the System June 1, comes to UNTS from the University of Toledo, where she has served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs since July 2007. Dr. Haggett has extensive experience both in academia and the federal government.

Prior to becoming Provost at Toledo, Dr. Haggett was Acting Director of the Division of Graduate Education and Senior Adviser of the Education and Human Resources Directorate of the National Science Foundation. Her other positions at the NSF since 2003 include Acting Deputy Assistant Director of the Education and Human Resources Directorate and Director of the Division of Undergraduate Education.

Dr. Haggett was the second woman in the United States to serve as a College of Agriculture dean when she was appointed Dean of the West Virginia University College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences in 1994.

As the UNTS Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success, Dr. Haggett will direct the University of North Texas System’s academic planning, reporting, and campus support. As the System’s chief academic officer, she will provide leadership and consultation in the development of the academic planning process, academic and research policy, and academic personnel policy. Dr. Haggett also will be charged with oversight and evaluation of selected educational programs, professional education, major systemwide academic initiatives, graduate and undergraduate student affairs, and international and other extended learning programs.

“Dr. Haggett’s expertise, background and leadership as a Provost, dean, and research administrator will be critical assets,” said Lee Jackson, Chancellor of the UNT System. “I am enthusiastic about her ability to provide strategic academic leadership and direction for the University of North Texas System.”

Dr. Haggett, who will become a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, said she is looking forward to developing the inaugural position of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success for the benefit of the System while adding value for the component institutions.

“This is a very exciting opportunity to join a young, developing independent University System in a vibrant economic region,” Dr. Haggett said. “Chancellor Jackson has asked me to develop a clearer strategic plan for the UNT System to fulfill his, and the Board’s, vision of how we can better serve the North Texas region. I believe that the UNT System should clearly identify how it can help the region and the State of Texas with improved student access and success, high-quality academic programs, new technology and healthcare education opportunities, research strategies, and the new professional programs such as the UNT Dallas College of Law, which will provide tremendous opportunities for North Texas residents and employers.”

In addition to her work at the NSF, Dr. Haggett held a professorship in Animal and Veterinary Sciences at West Virginia University from 1994 to 2007. Haggett served as Associate Provost for Academic Programs at West Virginia University from 1999 to 2003, and as Dean of the WVU College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences from 1994 to 1999.

She has been a member of the biology faculty at Loyola University of Chicago and held positions at Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and the University of Maryland. Dr. Haggett also worked at the United States Department of Agriculture for more than six years.
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