Leadership Transition

Date: March 20, 2017
To: University Community
From: Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost
Re: Leadership Transition

Cathann Kress

Jennifer Evans-Cowley

I write to share the news that Jennifer S. Evans-Cowley, vice provost for capital planning and regional campuses, has advised me she has accepted the position of provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, effective July 1, 2017. We will work to ensure a smooth transition and look forward to sharing more as the process unfolds.

As vice provost, her excellent work included collaboration on a capital plan that supports the implementation of the university's Framework 2.0 Plan and advancement of the regional campuses and their contributions--particularly in the area of access, affordability and excellence.

She joined the Knowlton School of Architecture's city and regional faculty in 2001. Since then, she has served in several administrative leadership roles, including section head of city and regional planning, where she launched its Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning degree program. Later, she served as associate dean for academic affairs and administration in the College of Engineering before joining the Office of Academic Affairs as a faculty fellow.

Her scholarship and teaching have focused on public engagement, hazard mitigation, and technology in planning. For example, after Hurricane Katrina she led a group of students to work on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to enable rebuilding of more resilient and sustainable communities.

Her academic discipline and experience uniquely prepared her for all these pivotal roles. She earned a BS in political science, an MUP, master of urban planning, and a PhD in urban and regional science from Texas A & M University. In addition, she earned an MPA, master of public administration, from the University of North Texas. She also holds American Planning Association's professional designation, AICP, American Institute of Certified Planners.

Please join me in thanking Jennifer for her outstanding contributions to our community and in congratulating Jennifer on her excellent opportunity at University of North Texas.