85R25390 KSM-D
  By: Geren H.R. No. 1926
         WHEREAS, Lee F. Jackson is retiring as chancellor of the
  University of North Texas System in 2017, drawing to a close a
  decade and a half of exemplary service to that university system;
         WHEREAS, Mr. Jackson grew up in Dallas and earned a
  bachelor's degree in political science from Duke University and a
  master's in public administration from Southern Methodist
  University; and
         WHEREAS, Before his appointment as UNT System chancellor,
  Mr. Jackson enjoyed a distinguished 30-year career in state and
  local government, starting as an assistant to the Dallas city
  manager; he served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1977
  to 1987, earning mention on Texas Monthly's "Ten Best Legislators" 
  list in 1983, and he went on to win election four times as Dallas
  County judge; during his notable tenure, he led successful bond
  elections to improve roads, county bridges, juvenile justice
  systems, and job training programs; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Jackson joined the UNT System in 2002, at the
  beginning of a period of unprecedented growth; under his dynamic
  leadership, the system has increased enrollment and the number of
  degrees granted annually, created new professional programs in
  engineering, law, pharmacy, and medicine, and set new design
  standards while beautifying the campuses; he has also overseen the
  creation of the UNT Dallas campus and the expansion of the UNT
  Health Science Center in Fort Worth, and he has celebrated the
  designation of UNT as a Tier One research university by the Carnegie
  Endowment; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Jackson has served his professional community as
  a member of the National Association of System Heads board and as
  chair of the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities and the
  Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors; in
  addition, he has served his local community on the boards of the
  Dallas Citizens Council and the Dallas Regional Chamber; and
         WHEREAS, In all his endeavors, Mr. Jackson has enjoyed the
  love and support of his wife, Margaret, as well as that of his four
  children and three grandchildren; and
         WHEREAS, Lee Jackson's adept, forward-looking leadership and
  his unwavering integrity have helped guide the UNT System through a
  transformative period in its history, and his many valuable
  contributions will continue to resonate in the years to come; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 85th Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Lee F. Jackson on his retirement as
  chancellor of the University of North Texas System and extend to him
  sincere best wishes for the future; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mr. Jackson as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.