PPlease join us for a special Logistics Scholarship Breakfast event on Friday, October 17th, 7:30-10:30am, graciously hosted by our corporate partner, Southwest Airlines, at their headquarters. Guests will have the opportunity to visit Southwest Airlines Headquarters, participate in breakfast and networking, and experience a fantastic and engaging program. Register today and help support UNT Logistics student scholarships.
Breakfast & Networking: 7:30-8:30am
UNT President Neal J. Smatresk
President Neal J. Smatresk became UNT’s 16th president on Feb. 3, 2014, marking his second university presidency. A dynamic, engaging leader with nearly 35 years of experience in higher education, President Smatresk is known for steering universities to national prominence by providing quality, affordable education, expanding research and innovation, and building strong community partnerships.
A biologist and researcher by training, President Smatresk also has devoted much of his career to supporting K-20 science outreach programs, STEM development and teacher professional development.
President Smatresk leads UNT at a time of strong momentum. Located in one of the nation’s largest, fastest-growing metropolitan areas, UNT is the nation’s 24th largest university and is home to 36,000 students and more than 200 degree programs. UNT graduated 8,400 students last year who joined UNT’s network of 361,000 alumni.
Before joining UNT, President Smatresk led the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as president for more than four years and provost for two years and provost for two years. He helped UNLV become one of the nation’s most popular universities among students and an essential resource in one of the country’s fastest-growing cities.
Before UNLV, he served as vice chancellor for academic affairs and deputy to the chancellor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for three years. President Smatresk started his academic career at the University of Texas at Arlington and spent 22 years there, serving as the dean of science, biology chair and a biology professor.
President Smatresk earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Gettysburg College, a master’s degree in biology from State University of New York at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in zoology from UT Austin.
Wendy R. Sowers
Business Environment Director, Marketing
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Wendy Sowers leads Boeing Commercial Airplanes' (BCA) analysis of the near-term airline industry business environment. In addition, she supports BCA's business and strategic planning via long-term and near-term airline industry forecasting including covering Africa for BCA's Current Market Outlook, which describes the long-term demand for air travel and the resulting demand for new airplanes. Wendy has been with BCA for over 15 years in a variety of roles including product marketing, competitor analysis and strategy, and supply chain management.
Prior to joining Boeing, Wendy held various positions in finance and human resources at M&M/Mars, and also spent several years in the financial services industry.
Wendy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and English from The College of William and Mary, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington.
Please call 940.369.8442 or email Julie.Willems-Espinoza@unt.edu for more information on purchasing seats, tables, or a corporate sponsorship.
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