Michael Monticino, who has been leading the University of North Texas fundraising efforts since this summer, recently was appointed permanent vice president for advancement and director of development for the UNT Foundation.
Before taking the job as the interim vice president, Monticino served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
UNT President V. Lane Rawlins said it was an easy decision.
“He’s doing a really terrific job,” Rawlins said. “He’s picked up the ball really quickly.”
Rawlins said he consulted with other university leaders, and they were in agreement that Monticino should take the job.
“This is not really the thing Michael set out to do with his life,” Rawlins said. “But he’s good at it.”
Monticino has a background in statistical analysis, probability models, operations research and environmental modeling.
In his new position, he works with the capital campaign committee, donors, the UNT Foundation and the department of advancement.
Monticino is an applied mathematician, which means he has good organizational and planning skills, Rawlins said.
“In this kind of environment, he’s uniquely qualified,” Rawlins said.
Monticino agrees that this isn’t the path he planned. But it’s a good fit for him, and he wants to support what UNT is doing, he said.
“It’s an important position for the university,” Monticino said.
He said UNT is committed to providing a high-quality educational experience through modern facilities, outstanding athletics and being engaged with the community as well as building partnerships with businesses and private philanthropy.
“The division of advancement is really about advancing the university,” Monticino said. And for him, that means enhancing engagement with Denton and the North Texas region, he said.
UNT plays a critical role in the region, he added, because it adds to the workforce.
Monticino also said that because of the decreased funding from the state, it is important to find private support.
The private support is not all monetary, he said. Some of it is in the form of internships or research projects with business partnerships.
“There’s lots of ways we’re engaged with the community,” he said.
Rawlins said Monticino is also a good asset because he’s been here for many years and knows the community well.
“I thought it was a wonderful fit,” Rawlins said. “I think the university is really very fortunate that he was willing to do this.”
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