Chancellor Emeritus

Lee F. Jackson

Chancellor's Office
Chancellor Emeritus

UNT System
1901 Main Street [map]
Dallas, TX 75201


(214) 752-8585

Lee Jackson served the UNT System as Chancellor from September 1, 2002 to October 6, 2017.He was appointed Chancellor of the University of North Texas System after a 30-year career in government in Dallas and the State of Texas.

Jackson began his career in the Dallas City Manager’s Office, served 10 years in the Texas House of Representatives, and was elected four times as Dallas County Judge, chief elected official in the State’s second largest county.

He received many awards for regional leadership, initiated new programs in juvenile justice, air quality, and transportation, and led the opening of the Sixth Floor Museum, which has become the premiere visitor attraction in downtown Dallas.

His international activities have included:

  • UNT System Delegation to Istanbul Conference on Democracy and Global Security (2007)
  • Presentation of UNT Honorary Doctoral Degree to the King of Thailand (2004)
  • Dallas Community Leaders Study Tour in Israel (2000)
  • Service as a U.S. Consultant to Romania (1999)
  • U.S. Delegate to Argentina/Uruguay with the American Council of Young Political Leaders (1987)
  • The Texas High Speed Rail Inspection Team (France/Germany, 1987)
  • Delegate to the 1985 Japan-Texas Conference in Tokyo

Jackson was born in Austin, Texas.  He attended Dallas public schools, received his B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and his Masters of Public Administration from SMU.