The University of North Texas System board of regents has named Lesa Roe as its new chancellor. She will replace Lee F. Jackson, who is retiring after 15 years in the position. Roe will take over in January.
In her new role, Roe will oversee all UNT system operations, including managing more than 10,000 employees, UNT Health Science Center, UNT in Denton, and UNT Dallas. Additionally, she will directly work with and manage UNT’s system administration.
Roe most recently served as acting deputy administrator for NASA. There, she partnered with the COO to lead strategy and operations nationally across all field centers for a $19.6 billion annual federal agency and $31 billion in assets. Roe additionally directed program and project teams on product and mission delivery, acquisition strategy, partnership and international strategy, and risk management.
G. Brint Ryan, UNT system board chair, said in a statement: “Roe is a change agent, and that’s what excites me about her arrival to the UNT System. As we got to know Roe through the search process, she really checked all the boxes as far as skills and experience. We are eager to get to work with her as we continue to build the UNT system.”
Roe earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and a master’s degree from the University of Central Florida.