NASA Power Player Will Become New UNT Boss

This time, it really is rocket science: Thursday, University of North Texas regents are expected to select a longtime NASA leader to help launch the system into a new era of research and exploration.Lesa Roe will be announced as the sole finalist for the position of chancellor. Roe, who is currently acting as NASA’s second in command, will replace longtime leader Lee Jackson, who is retiring after 15 years.Roe, 54, will be the first woman to hold the post for the UNT schools. After a 32-year career in NASA, she says she didn’t expect to end up at a higher education institution but the new job is not far from what her mission has long been: pushing boundaries to inspire the next generation.“I want to move barriers out of the way so that all levels can achieve their full potential,” Roe said. “UNT is ripe for research innovation and philanthropic growth. The next generation really has a huge passion for changing the world. ... We’ll really be moving forward with key research and discovery while working as this incredible team.”  Continue reading...

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