The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 237
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Re-forms in Celebration
Like enrollment, alumni support was on the rise at NT, and the
university planned to keep the momentum going with the creation of
an official alumni association.
"Behind every great university is a great alumni association," said
Dallas resident and NT alumnus Walter Abbey, who became presi-
dent of the association for a one-year term.
The association's incorporation was approved by the NT Board of
Regents in March, 1989 and its bylaws were made final in June, 1989.
"It's especially important that the alumni association be in place for
the university's 100th birthday in 1990," said NT Chancellor Alfred F.
Hurley. "We each have played an important role in the other's
development - the university in the lives of its students, and the
students in the growth of the university - and we still have much to
offer each other. The alumni association will increase greatly the
onnortunities for interaction between us."
Because she was chair of the advisory council at the time of the
association's incorporation, Dr. Judith Carrier of Fort worth served as
president of the association until September, 1989, when Abbey took
over. Carrier, dean of instruction and student development at Tarrant
County Junior College, was one of the council's original members.
NT had more than 80,000 alumni of record, with more than 50,000
in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Abbey cited the number of alumni in
the region as one of the biggest reasons for organizing an alumni
"They can be a valuable tool, if organized," he said.
Alumni could be organized to "get the word out" about the
university, he said. Their efforts would help the university recruit good
students, spread the word of the university's educational programs,
gather support for special projects and increase funding for scholar-
ships and other needs.
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