President (Acting) Howard W. Smith Jr. Records, 1980-1982Add to your cart.

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Title: President (Acting) Howard W. Smith Jr. Records, 1980-1982Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1981
ID: 02/02/ UP0014
Primary Creator: Smith, Howard W., Jr.
Extent: 4.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Forms of Material: Administrative reports
Minutes (administrative records)
Languages: English


The office records of UNT ad interim chancellor and president, Howard W. Smith, Jr. (1929-2017).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains material from Howard W. Smith, Jr.'s time as interm president of UNT from 1981-1982. Items include correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, telephone logs, foundation documents, alumni letters, publications, and meeting minutes from various departments, such as Academic Affairs, Athletics, Finance, Legal, the various colleges, education associations, and the city council.

Biographical Note

Howard Welling Smith, Jr. was born on January 19, 1929 in Granby, Missouri. He attend Southern Missouri University and earned his bachelor's degree, before enlisting in the Air Force. He then earned his Ed.D from Missouri State in 1959 and moved to Richardson, Texas with his wife Margaret and son Christopher for his new position at SMU as an education professor. In 1961, the family moved again for Smith's next job at North Texas State College (NTSC, now UNT). There, Smith served as ad interim chancellor and president after serving as associate vice president and vice president for academic affairs. He led the College of Education twice, as acting dean and as interim dean, and was the college’s first associate dean from 1969 to 1976. He was nationally recognized for his work in the improvement of teacher education and higher education. After his retirement in 1997, Smith remained in Denton, where he was an active member of the community in both local arts and his church. He passed away on December 29, 2017.

[Sources: Smith's obituary and the UNT President site]

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Acquisition Source: President's Office
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: President (Acting) Howard W. Smith Jr. Records, University of North Texas Special Collections
Finding Aid Revision History: May 2018 by Nicole Yatsonsky - added Abstract, Scope/Content, Historical Note, and described all boxes


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