Betty H. Stewart, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Midwestern State University and a biochemist, will become the provost and executive vice president at the University of North Texas at Dallas in February 2017.   She was selected through a nationwide search.

Stewart, who earned her Ph. D. in protein biochemistry and biological sciences from Carnegie-Mellon University, was vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Eckerd College in 2010 after serving as dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Midwestern State University for four years beginning in 2010.  Dr. Stewart was recruited back to Midwestern State as provost in 2012. 

“Dr. Stewart is a scientist and academic leader who brings a wealth of experience to UNT Dallas and is well-suited to help us realize our strategic vision,” UNT Dallas President Bob Mong said.  “I was drawn to Dr. Stewart because of her strong academic credentials, her remarkable experience and her keen interest in our mission of service at UNT Dallas.”

As provost, Stewart will shape educational and academic priorities and build programs that align with the university’s mission to become a pathway to social mobility for students and the community.

“I am a firm believer in the transformational power of education and in providing opportunities to create a better life for students and their families,” Dr. Stewart said.

A native of Mississippi, Dr. Stewart was the first female promoted to the rank of professor of chemistry at Austin College. She served as chair of the chemistry department there from 2000-2006.   She left the Sherman, Texas liberal arts college to join Midwestern State, as well as carrying the rank of professor of chemistry at the Wichita Falls, Texas institution.  Dr. Stewart received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Mississippi State University.