UNTRA Organization

The UNTRA Bylaws, which were approved in September 2017, establish a Board, Officers, and Committees to conduct the business of the Association. Click here for a list of Bylaws. Below are details about the Board Members and the various committees within UNTRA.

UNTRA OFFICERS:

Chair: John Todd
Past Chair: Jim Morrow
Secretary: Kay Selby
Treasurer: Vicki Whitmer

BOARD MEMBERS:

Mike Amador
Marjorie Donzello
Ed Glick
Jean Greenlaw

Arminta Jacobson
Robert Killam
Clarice Luce
Claudia Lynch
Lenora McCroskey
Jim Morrow
Johnny Sue Reynolds
Kay Selby
Keith Shelton
John Todd
Vicki Whitmer

Click here to view the UNTRA Board's contact information.

STANDING COMMITTEES

  • Programs Committee: Proposes, plans and conducts programs and events of the Association.
  • Membership Committee: Recruits new members, helps maintain membership records, and coordinates membership matters.
  • Benefits Committee: Provides liaison with all appropriate UNT offices related to University policies and practices affecting retirees and seeks UNTRA representation on UNT forums where appropriate.
  • Nominations Committee: Identifies UNTRA members willing to fill Board positions vacated each year by virtue of expiration-of-term or resignation.

Committees are each chaired by a member of the Board. Participation on committees is open to and encouraged for all UNTRA members. Members interested in any UNTRA committee may contact any member of the Board or the committee chair.


HISTORY

The UNTRA organization was formed in the early 1980s under the name “Retired Instructors, Personnel and Spouses”—commonly called “RIPS,” a tongue-in-cheek reference created by the late Steve Miller, Assistant VP for HR at UNT. The principal purpose of RIPS was to help retirees stay connected to the university and with each other.

While the frequency and types of activities varied over the years, the purpose and goals of the organization have remained steadfast. When the name was updated in 2006 to the “University of North Texas Retiree Association” (UNTRA), its reason for being and purposes were re-stated and strengthened.   

UNTRA, and RIPS before it, have been supported by a wide variety of university offices at different times in its history.  Sponsors have included the President’s Office, Human Resources, Advancement, Alumni Office, and since becoming UNTRA, UNT’s Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement department.

From its earliest incarnation, the group has been managed as a membership organization directed by an advisory board of elected members. While UNTRA still receives financial support from the university, it is now a dues-based organization with an affordable dues structure to encourage participation from all UNT retirees.

- Dr. Tom Hoemeke, former Chair of the Board

Click here to view our Newsletter archive.