UNT leadership connects with Southern California alumni

Claudia Taylor

UNT alumni in Southern California met with university leaders and learned about UNT’s growth and goals at a series of events in San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County in early October.

The Southern California area boasts more than 3,000 alumni, making it the largest concentration of UNT Eagles located outside Texas, said UNT Alumni Association Board President Mark Miller (’70, ’80 M.B.A.).

The UNT Division of Advancement and the UNT Alumni Association hosted three receptions in the area, including one at the frequently filmed Standard Hotel rooftop in Los Angeles. Through these receptions, alumni reconnected with the university and developed plans to re-energize Southern California activities for their alma mater. Plans are under way to return to the area in 2014.

Also in Los Angeles, UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson and Vice President for Advancement Michael Monticino introduced newly appointed UNT System Board of Regents Chairman G. Brint Ryan (’88, ’88 M.S.) at an intimate alumni dinner. Alumni included John (’76, ’78 M.P.A.) and Jennifer Kelly, Cliff (‘68) and Maude Johnson; Kristin Farmer (‘95 M.Ed.) and Kris Carter (‘93), who shared stories about their time at UNT and their appreciation for their education and experiences. UNT leadership discussed the state of the university, the growing opportunities available to students today and UNT’s approach to being a leader among higher education institutions.

“It is profound to hear the impact of UNT in our alumni’s lives and the talent that has come from it,” Ryan said.


Above, G. Brint Ryan (’88, ’88 M.S.), chairman of the UNT System Board of Regents, talks with John Kelly (’76, ’78 M.P.A.), senior vice president of human resources at Capital Group Companies, at the UNT alumni event in California Oct. 3.