The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 26
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100 Years Help Set
Stage For Future Growth
I here was little doubt in anyone's mind
that NT was exploding in terms of
growth and that this progress would
continue in the future. The name change NT
experienced in 1988 was merely a symbol
compared to all the other changes that were
taking place. In fact, NT president Dr. Al-
fred Hurley believed the name change was
long overdue. "The new name," Hurley said,
"simply helped identify what we already
were: a world-class institution of higher
The Centennial year was an excellent time
to consider the wisdom the past had to offer.
Hurley adopted a rather unorthodox ap-
proach to defining the nature of NT as an
institution. After explaining the roots of var-
ious universities during the Middle Ages
(history was Hurley's academic specialty),
he went on to describe NT as "down-to-
earth, friendly; [assuming] no pretenses."
Hurley expressed his firm resolve that NT's
potential for success was "just beginning to
be realized." The last 100 years, having set
the stage for future evolution, made it in-
cumbent on us to position the university for
the next century.
The president of any university assumed
many vital responsibilities when it came to
key community, academic and student-body
issues. In his sphere of control, Hurley per-
formed very proficiently. One likely reason
Hurley's style had been successful was his
military background, which contributed to
his knowledge of large organizations. While
there were complicated decision techniques
used to administer such duties, Hurley be-
lieved the crucial advantage he possessed
was leadership. It meant, in his words, "eager
acceptance of responsibility." This was one
area where Hurley was setting his own exam-
Yet another role meriting consideration
was the way the university fit into the sur-
rounding community. It was clear that NT
had the distinction of being somewhat of a
hybrid. On the one hand, the university
served a large commuter population who
regarded NT as a day-school only; most of
these individuals were from the Metroplex
area. On the other hand, there was also the
segment of the university population who
lived in Denton and regarded NT as a local
institution. Both of these groups ingrained
themselves into NT and together they de-
fined at what level of community harmony
the university operated. The administrators
President Hurley speaks to a room full of
guests at the United Way Fundraising
Campaign. Photo by Daniel Gibson
President Hurley presents his opening remarks at an Academic Convocation in
the Coliseum. This was the first of several Centennial convocations. Photo by
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