UNT Dallas appoints new Special Assistant to the President: Partnerships and Initiatives

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Dr. Lisa Hobson

The University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas) has appointed Lisa D. Hobson, PhD as Special Assistant to the President: Partnerships and Initiatives.  Previously, Dr. Hobson served as Interim Dean of the School of Education. Under Dr. Hobson’s leadership, the School of Education received reaffirmation of accreditation from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), strengthened K-12 and higher education partnerships, led efforts resulting in upgraded TEA accreditation status, worked with faculty to update curriculum and implement shared governance models, and codified and enhanced SOE processes to better serve students and stakeholders.

“I am excited to serve in this new capacity supporting efforts to position UNT Dallas as a communiversity. We were founded with the express mission to provide high-quality educational opportunities and pathways to success for Southern Dallas and the greater DFW Metroplex. I am dedicated to continuing this important work,” said Dr. Hobson.

Dr. Hobson is a third-generation educator with 28 years of experience in K-12 and higher education who holds a PhD in Educational Administration with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Hobson has held positions with the Texas A&M University System, University of Memphis, and Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. As an academician and leader, she has served as a professor, coordinator of field experiences and licensure, distance learning program leader, graduate and PhD program coordinator, department head and interim dean.

 The Special Assistant to the President: Partnerships and Initiatives is a new position at UNT Dallas. In this strategic and collaborative role, Dr. Hobson will manage partnerships with municipal and community agencies, school districts, and other colleges and universities. Key projects include:

  • Navarro College partnerships;
  • Dallas ISD and Dallas College Collegiate Academy collaboration;
  • DeSoto ISD NorthStar Collaborative;
  • Wellness and wellbeing initiatives;
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Reskilling grant;
  • Tarrant To & Through (T3) Partnership; and
  • Call Me Mister®.

“As a community-focused university, UNT Dallas will continue to benefit greatly from Dr. Hobson’s background and experience in organizational development and building strategic partnerships,” said Bob Mong, UNT Dallas President.