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UNT officials to hire search firm to find next chancellor

The search for the successor to Lee Jackson, chancellor of the University of North Texas System, will be conducted by a search firm in the coming months.

Brint Ryan, chairman of UNT’s Board of Regents, said he and the board intend to hire a search firm to navigate the process. This is common in high-impact hires for university officials.

The right candidate will build on Jackson’s legacy and help all schools within the UNT system reach their goals, Ryan said.

“Every regent understands the importance of this search and we will use our collective skills to find the best leader, from whatever background, to lead UNTS during these very exciting and demanding times,” he said in an email.

Jackson officially announced his retirement on Thursday through a press release as well as a personal note to all employees in an email. He’s led the system and all of the UNT schools since 2002.

In the email, he noted he’ll stay out of the hiring process for his replacement.

While his contract expires Aug. 31, he will stay with the system past that date to help with a transition if necessary, Jackson said. He intend to be fully retired by the end of the year.