John Ellis Price, the only president that the University of North Texas at Dallas has ever had, has announced that he will step down in August 2013. Dr. Price served as vice chancellor and CEO of the Dallas campus of the University of North Texas in Denton from 2001 to 2010. In 2010, the Dallas campus became a separate academic institution and Dr. Price was named president.
When the institution opened in 2001, there were only 55 students enrolled who took classes in a leased space at a business park. Today, there are more than 2,000 students enrolled in 19 degree programs at the university’s 264-acre campus in south Dallas.
In making the announcement, President Price said “Building a university from the ground up was a once-in-a-lifetime career challenge that presented me with growth opportunities few educators are given.” He stated that he may return to teaching or possibly entertain offers to lead another educational institution.
Before coming to the University of North Texas in Dallas, Dr. Price was the KPMG Professor of taxation and chair of the department of accounting at the University of North Texas. He previously served as dean of the school of business at Jackson State University and taught at the University of Southern Mississippi.
President Price holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Southern Mississippi. He earned a Ph.D. in accounting at the University of North Texas.