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UNT-Dallas names chief financial officer

The University of North Texas at Dallas has announced that Carlos Hernandez has been named chief financial officer and vice president of finance and administration. Hernandez brings extensive experience in Texas higher education to the position, including 25 years in financial accounting and administration.

Hernandez has been controller and associate vice president for finance for UNT and controller for the UNT system, roles that he has held since 2011. Previously, he was associate vice president for business affairs and comptroller at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Hernandez will replace Wayne Usry, who resigned earlier this month to return to the private sector. Hernandez begins his new role Monday.


Castleberry named to Shuford Hall of Honor

Vivian Castleberry, longtime women’s editor of the Dallas Times Herald who is also known for her work with Peacemakers Inc., has been named to the C.E. Shuford Hall of Honor at UNT’s Mayborn School of Journalism.

The award recognizes people for professional and educational lifetime achievement and distinguished contributions to the journalism profession. Named for C.E. “Pops” Shuford, who started the journalism program in 1945 at what was then North Texas State Teachers College, the award is the most prestigious award given by the Mayborn School.

Castleberry will receive her award during a ceremony April 17. Past Shuford Hall of Honor recipients include WFAA-TV anchor John McCaa, PBS host Bill Moyers and Fort Worth Star-Telegram editors Bob Ray Sanders and Jack Tinsley.

Castleberry was the women’s editor of the Times Herald for 28 years and was the first woman named to the paper’s editorial board.

A founder of the Women’s Center in Dallas and The Family Place, the city’s first women’s shelter, Castleberry was chosen for the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1984. In 1987, she created Peacemakers Inc., a nonprofit organization that sponsors international women’s peace conferences and other events. In 2010, UNT’s peace studies program established the Castleberry Peace Institute in collaboration with Peacemakers.


Three chosen as faculty arts fellows

Studio arts professor Robert Jessup, English professor Bonnie Friedman, and dance and theater professor Claudia Howard Queen have been selected as faculty fellows in UNT’s Institute for the Advancement of the Arts for 2013-14.

As fellows, the three will be granted a semester off from teaching duties to work on their projects full time.

Jessup, a UNT faculty member since 1991, will use the fellowship to challenge his own style of painting. Jessup went to Europe five years ago as what he calls a “self-styled realist painter” but came back with a desire to shake up his artistic style.

Friedman, a faculty member since 2008, will continue to work on essays for her collection, which will be nine lyric creative-nonfiction essays when complete. Five of the essays for the collection have been published or accepted to be published in top-tier literary venues, with two of the essays nominated for prestigious Pushcart prizes and one selected as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays of 2012.

Queen, a UNT faculty member since 2008, will travel to sacred Celtic sites in Ireland known as “thin places,” where the “veil between heaven and earth” is thin. Inspired by these sacred places, she will compose a 20-minute music score for a new dance work based on Celtic mysticism. Queen plans to premiere the final music/dance work in New York, choreographed by critically acclaimed choreographer Sean Curran and performed by contemporary Irish dance company Darrah Carr Dance.


National list names UNT for affordability

UNT has been recognized on the 2013 Affordable Colleges Online list of “Most Affordable Large Public Colleges.”

The website lists 100 universities selected by editors after a review of data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and the Carnegie Foundation.