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Top Stories: UNT Chancellor To Retire; Iconic Movies With Texas Settings

University of North Texas
Lee Jackson oversaw several expansions during his tenure as UNT chancellor.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

After 40 years of public service, University of North Texas chancellor Lee Jackson will announce his retirement today. In his 15 years as chancellor, Jackson oversaw some major expansions in the UNT system.

His reach also extends beyond education. The Dallas Morning News reports he started out as a junior assistant in the Dallas city manager’s office. His career includes a decade as a state representative and 15 years as a Dallas County judge.

He helped revamp the juvenile justice system and stepped up efforts to address child abuse as Dallas County Judge. He successfully lobbied for the creation of the North Texas Tollway Authority. And his support led to the creation of the Sixth Floor Museum.

Jackson’s contract runs through August. Regents will begin looking for his replacement soon.

Other stories this morning:

  • The Dallas Cowboys are expected to part ways with longtime quarterback Tony Romo today. Romo joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He became quarterback in 2006. He was the franchise leader in yards passing and touchdowns. But he lost the job last season to Dak Prescott after breaking a bone in his back.
  • Our Big Screen team talks about an upcoming screening series that brings these films back to a pair of historic Dallas theaters.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.