Service. Growth. Community. People. Partnerships. Awards. Records. And Starbucks.

Those were just some of the key words that drew applause during UNT Dallas President Bob Mong’s “State of the University” address that was delivered to more than 100 faculty, staff and students on April 28.

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“We are becoming a pathway to social mobility,” Mong said in his opening remarks. “That is the essence of what we are doing here at UNT Dallas … working with a historically underserved area, just as our law school is doing downtown.”

In a 45-minute speech that concluded with 15 minutes of Q&A, Mong spoke on a number of topics that highlighted the progress made at UNTD. Perhaps the most impressive touchpoints mentioned in the address were a series of all-time highs or “records” for Dallas’ youngest and only public university – record enrollment, record number of partnerships with school districts and community colleges, record number of grants in the pipeline to help fund new programs and initiatives on campus.

Other high-points of the President’s speech included spotlighting the university’s physical growth, with the university’s first residence hall – set to open on August 17 – central to the discussion about how UNTD is transforming. Also mentioned were the new $63 million student center on UNTD’s main campus, just now getting under construction, and the UNT Dallas College of Law’s historic, soon-to-be home in Downtown Dallas – the “Old Municipal Building” that was the city’s longest-serving City Hall.

Simply put, the progress and momentum Mong pointed to in his remarks is impressive. But what drew the loudest roar from the audience? The announcement that a certain Seattle-based coffee shop would be opening on campus in the fall of 2017.

“That’s right, we’re getting our own Starbucks,” Mong said with a laugh.

All joking aside, the two-way discussion between the President and those in attendance provided positive proof that UNT Dallas is becoming a life-altering force in Dallas and beyond. Mong made that clear in his closing remarks.

“We are definitely out of start-up mode.”


Date: April 28, 2017
By: Paul Corliss, Interim AVP of Marketing and Communication,