FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 08/17/2017
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS SYSTEM NAMES LESA B. ROE, DEPUTY CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF NASA, AS SOLE FINALIST FOR CHANCELLOR.
AUSTIN- The University of North Texas System Board of Regents has selected Lesa B. Roe, Acting Deputy Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as the sole finalist for the position of Chancellor. Ms. Roe's selection was announced August 17th, during the UNT System Board of Regents meeting at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth.
In her current position with NASA, Ms. Roe partners with the Chief Operating Officer to lead strategy, execution, and operations nationally across all NASA field centers for a $19.6 billion annual federal agency and $31 billion in assets. Her leadership has led to numerous breakthrough science, space, and aeronautics innovations and missions advancing our nation’s leadership and international knowledge of aeronautics and space.
"I want to extend a welcoming and helpful hand to Ms. Lesa Roe and her family as she begins to lead the UNT System. I want to thank the UNT Board of Regents and all involved in the painstaking process that have brought us to this point," Stucky said. "I have confidence that Ms. Roe will do a fantastic job leading the university system."
The Chancellor is the chief executive officer of the UNT System and is responsible for all aspects of the System’s operations, including management of 10,000+ employees and oversight of the three UNTS campuses – UNT in Denton, UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth and UNT Dallas – as well as the UNT System administration.
Ms. Roe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. She has served on numerous boards and advisory councils including: the Virginia Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Council, American Astronautical Society, Virginia FIRST Robotics, and the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission. Ms. Roe and her husband, Ralph, NASA's chief engineer, have three children.