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University of North Texas System Chancellor Lesa Roe announced that Dan Tenney, Associate Administrator, Mission Support for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has been named Vice Chancellor for Finance/Chief Financial Officer for the UNT System. In his new position, Tenney will oversee the UNT System’s $1.3 billion budget and serve as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer.

Tenney, who was offered the position following a national search, will begin his new role on Sept. 23, and will be based at UNT System headquarters in downtown Dallas. He will replace Interim Vice Chancellor/Chief Financial Officer James Mauldin, who will resume his full-time duties as Associate Vice Chancellor for Treasury.

Tenney served NASA for more than 27 years, most recently as the senior most official in the federal agency responsible for institutional and business functions – including areas such as procurement, human resources, facilities, partnerships, and protective services. He oversaw an annual budget of $3.5 billion, 7,500 employees and 5,000 highly technical facilities. As NASA’s Associate Administrator for Mission Support, Tenney led a significant effort that moved the agency from an independent operating model with redundant capabilities across 10 field centers to an enterprise approach with a geographically dispersed workforce – estimated to save the federal agency millions of dollars.

Previously, Tenney served NASA as the Chief Financial Officer at NASA Langley Research Center – the largest of the agency’s research centers with an $850M budget and 150 test laboratories. As CFO, he led highly complex multi-year budget planning, accounting, monthly reconciliation, audited annual financial reporting, automated systems, internal controls and an ERP with 30+ systems (including financial, procurement, asset management, travel and human resources). Tenney has a strong track record of developing professionals and aligning them to the organizational mission.

“I am very familiar with Dan’s incredible experience, skillset and leadership abilities from our time together at NASA,” said Roe, who served as NASA’s Interim Deputy Administrator prior to her arrival in North Texas two years ago. “Dan has provided strong and effective leadership in all areas of financial management. At the same time, he has demonstrated proven abilities in developing strategic plans, accomplishing ambitious goals, managing complex operations across multiple locations and developing future leaders for the nation. I am truly honored to have such an amazing leader as Dan Tenney join our UNT System Team. I also want to thank James Mauldin, who stepped up and served admirably in an interim capacity – we are deeply appreciative of his efforts in that role.”

Tenney holds a bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University and an MBA from Averett University. He also completed Harvard’s Senior Executive Fellows program and received the Presidential Rank Award from the Federal Government in 2018.

Brint Ryan, Chairman, UNT System Board of Regents on the Bridging Gaps Podcast
Brint Ryan

Lesa Roe, Chancellor for the University of North Texas System, Paul Corliss, Chief Communications Officer for the University of North Texas System, host the Bridging Gaps Podcast and welcome Brint Ryan, Chairman of University of North Texas System Board of Regents.

The free online learning and professional development platform used by University of North Texas System faculty, staff, and students will upgrade on August 19 when Lynda.com becomes LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning will remain free to UNT World team members, while also offering a more intuitive interface and more content recommendations. Lynda.com’s ever-growing, 10,000-plus item course library, transcripts, and exercise files will remain in-tact.
The upgrade will also give UNT System faculty, staff, and students the option to connect their personal  LinkedIn Learning account to their professional networking profile on LinkedIn – the world’s largest career-networking platform. Those that choose to link their accounts can expect a more personalized experience, with specialized course recommendations based on job title, skills and industry. Users with linked accounts will also receive digital course completion badges that can make their LinkedIn profile more rich and robust.
Since 2017, Lynda has been available to UNT System faculty, staff, and students as a free online learning portal. LinkedIn Learning will remain free to UNT System faculty and staff, and will retain popular Lynda.com features, while delivering a more personalized learning experience. These upgrades will help faculty and staff learn new skills or refine current skills with greater ease.

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Karen Shumway
Karen Shumway

Lesa Roe, Chancellor for the University of North Texas System, Paul Corliss, Chief Communications Officer for the University of North Texas System, host the Bridging Gaps Podcast and welcome Karen Shumway, Dean of the UNT Dallas School of Business.

Were you able to watch the Chancellor's Town Hall with guest speaker Vice Chancellor for Facilities Steve Maruszewski on June 11th? If you missed it or just want to refresh your memory, you can watch it at https://livestream.com/UnionMedia/system.

Chancellor Roe started the Town Hall with a slew of updates, from the search for a new Vice Chancellor of Finance as well as a Chief Information Officer, the 86th Texas Legislature results, and the project status updates from the previous town hall. She then presented on the Gallup Employee Engagement initial results and ERP Assessment update. Chief Communications Officer Paul Corliss jumped in to discuss the UNT World Brand Study initial results.

Steve Maruszewski joined us from Pennsylvania State University and dove into a couple of major projects since starting in January. He went over the results of his Facilities Preliminary Review, which included going through both internal and external feedback, before identifying some strengths, challenges, and some recommendations to work on moving forward. He also lead into the Questions section of the Town Hall by going over some details of the Frisco Campus. The rest of the questions ranged from salary compensation, construction updates, sick leave process, the public request for the Brand Study results, budgeting, and space management among other questions. If you have any follow-up questions, please reach out to us at untsystemnews@untsystem.edu.

L to R- Allen Clark, Paul Corliss, and Wesley Randall
Allen Clark, Paul Corliss, and Wesley Randall

Lesa Roe, Chancellor for the University of North Texas System, Paul Corliss, Chief Communications Officer for the University of North Texas System, host the Bridging Gaps Podcast. In this epsidode Lesa and Paul welcome Dr. Wesley Randall, Dean of UNT Frisco and Dr. Allen Clark, VP of University Information Services at UNT.

Barbara Abercrombie, Chief Human Capital Officer for the University of North Texas System is interviewed for the Bridging Gaps Podcast

Lesa Roe, Chancellor for the University of North Texas System, Paul Corliss, Chief Communications Officer for the University of North Texas System, host the Bridging Gaps Podcast and welcome Barbara Abercrombie, Chief Human Capital Officer for the University of North Texas System.

Wren Baker, Vice President and Director of Athletics for UNT
Wren Baker

Lesa Roe, Chancellor for the University of North Texas System, Paul Corliss, Chief Communications Officer for the University of North Texas System, host the Bridging Gaps Podcast and welcome Wren Baker, Vice President and Director of Athletics for the University of North Texas.

Rudy Bush

Lesa Roe, Chancellor for the University of North Texas System, Paul Corliss, Chief Communications Officer for the University of North Texas System, and FOX 4 TV's Shannon Murray host the Bridging Gaps Podcast and welcome Rudy Bush from the Dallas Morning News. Titled "Bridging Gaps," Roe, Corliss, and Murray’s thoughtful podcast explores issues in DFW and Texas – with a focus on bringing partners and subject experts together in purposeful conversation for the greater good of the community.

Lesa Roe, Chancellor for the University of North Texas System, Paul Corliss, Chief Communications Officer for the University of North Texas System, and FOX 4 TV's Shannon Murray host the Bridging Gaps Podcast and welcome City of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. Titled "Bridging Gaps," Roe, Corliss, and Murray’s thoughtful podcast explores issues in DFW and Texas – with a focus on bringing partners and subject experts together in purposeful conversation for the greater good of the community.