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UNT Facilities works on new campus entryway
UNT is reinforcing its commitment to a beautified, walkable campus and installing a new entryway on the north side at Avenue C and Hickory Street. When complete, there will be two monuments at the Avenue C entry, and updated landscaping, sidewalks and irrigation.
The project was timed to occur while the city is working on Hickory Street from Avenue C to Avenue B so that there would be no extra delay to pedestrians and vehicle traffic. The city’s project includes replacement of damaged concrete, removing old asphalt from Hickory Street and installing new asphalt. The city project is expected to last until Jan. 2, weather permitting.
The new UNT entryway is on a similar timeline. During this time, there will be gas powered machines and trucks in use. There may be some noise during concrete removal. The area will be closed off with construction fencing. The project cost is $85,106.
Twelve division staff members graduate from SBB program
The Supervisory Building Blocks program at UNT teaches management functions and transactional knowledge to new leaders and those who want a refresher in a variety of professional skills. It requires a minimum of 30 hours of courses and is offered across the UNT System. On July 30, 2018, twelve Division of Finance and Administration staff members graduated from the latest SBB class. There have been 330 graduates since the program started in fall 2015. The latest division graduates included: David Barkenhagen, Bruce Anthony, Paul Flaa, Lydia Fleming, Gregory Forte, John Fryar, Brenda Martinez, Mark Mills, Oxsormira Neira Gonzalez, Cynthia Oliver, Justin Stewart and Luke Taylor. See below for a slideshow of the July 30 graduation.
April Barnes named as AVP for Budget & Analytics
April Barnes has been named the associate vice president for budget and analytics at the University of North Texas.
“April’s professional experience paired with her skills as an effective organizer, strategic planner and collaborative partner make her a great asset to the university,” said Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Bob Brown. “She will lead the Budget Office team in their strategic planning and financial management tasks, and in supporting our faculty and staff with their budgeting needs.”
Barnes is a familiar face within the UNT System, coming to UNT from her position as associate vice president for budget and planning at UNT-Dallas. While in that position, she managed budget duties while building service-focused relationships across the university and supporting the university leadership.
She started her position at UNT on June 20.
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to serve at UNT,” said Barnes. “Collaborating with our faculty and staff will be the most rewarding part of this job. I’m passionate about equipping our customers with useful budget tools and providing extraordinary customer service so that they understand the university’s financial priorities and how they can help UNT achieve those goals.”
Barnes had been at UNT-Dallas since July 2015. Prior to her associate vice president position at UNT-Dallas, she was the institution’s assistant vice president for budget and planning and, prior to that, the director of finance and administration. Her experience in higher education also includes positions at Texas A&M Commerce and at Universities Center at Dallas.
She is a CPA with a Bachelor’s degree in communication and a Master of Science degree in accounting from Texas A&M Commerce.