The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 30
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Visionary Staff Leads
School To Next Century
o t he Dean of Students office was staffed
by five sincerely interested and con-
cerned members of the University of North
Texas. Their primary function, as an office,
was to see to the well-being of the students
of the university. As Dean of Students Joe
Stewart said, "Our title has 'students' in
Stewart had been at NT since 1969, and
did not plan to leave anytime soon. He said
that when the position was first created in
the sixties, it was basically for the purpose of
policing the students - they acted in the
same manner as a high school principal. In
the years that followed, however, the posi-
tion became more academically involved
"student development" became the new
watchword. At this point, according to Dean
Stewart, "Discipline is only about ten per-
cent of what we do .. ." He believed that
individual contact with the students was the
most important thing that he did - no matter
how large the university grew. As he said ,
"The students' success is our success."
There were two Associate Deans in the
office, and perhaps the best known was As-
sociate Dean Sawyer. Sawyer was in charge
of almost all of the disciplinary cases that
came through the office, and due to that
responsibility, his name became well-known
around campus. Discipline was a tricky busi-
ness, but Sawyer believed that
"One can be firm - you don't
need to be punitive in the pro-
cess. You can leave a person
with their pride and dignity."
Dignity is something that Saw-
yer was a bit of an expert on - in
1985 he started the minority
caucus, and his immediate pre-
decessor, Dean King, was the
first black administrator at NT.
Sawyer was pleased to see that
"On our 100th birthday, we've
had a black Homecoming King
and Queen, and a black Associ-
ate Dean ..." which is a lot of
progress for a short amount of
time. In addition to his duties as
Dean, Sawyer taught a Com-
munication class and a Cultural
Diversity class. His parting
words were, "We need to live
together, or we die alone."
Also serving as an Associate
Dean was Barbara Jungjohan,
who had also been at NT since
1969. She began the Student
Employment Service in 1972,
and the Services for Off-Cam-
pus Students in 1976. Her cur-
rent duties included overseeing
the Disabled Students Services,
supervising NT publications,
taking care of reports and research concern-
With time on his hands, Dean of Students Joe Stewart takes time to relax.
Stewart came to NT in 1969 and has held his position ever since. His job
description has become more academically involved over the years. Photo by
In one of his communications classes, Associate Dean Sawyer responds to a
student's question. Sawyer was in charge of almost all of the disciplinary cases
that came through the Dean of Students Office. Photo by Kathryn Lynass
Dean Of Students
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