Dallas (April 26, 2019) – The University of North Texas at Dallas announced today that Dr. John Gasko will assume the new role as Special Advisor to President Bob Mong to work on advancing the university’s strategic partnerships and community collaborations.
Dr. Gasko has served as Dean of the UNT Dallas School of Education for more than three years and created its Emerging Teacher Institute. The school has grown both enrollment and fundraising under his innovative leadership.
“I am excited to bring Dr. Gasko’s spirit of innovation and creativity to an expanded role at UNT Dallas,” Mong said.
In his new role, Dr. Gasko will work closely with President Mong and Vice President of Advancement, Dr. Monica Williams, and will continue to oversee important philanthropic initiatives that he has led in collaboration with The Meadows Foundation, The William K. Kellogg Foundation, Raise Your Hand Texas, The Hudson Foundation, The Texas Instruments Foundation, The Dallas Foundation and The Rainwater Foundation.
Since he began as dean in March 2016, Dr. Gasko has collectively raised more than $2.5 million in grants and philanthropic resources.
Dr. Gasko will remain an essential part of the School of Education as a tenured professor. He will also continue as the Faculty Director of the Principal Impact Collaborative, a school leadership program that recently became part of UNT Dallas, and he will also serve as Faculty Director of thirdspace, a well-being and human-flourishing initiative located in UNT Dallas’ soon-to-open Student Center.
“Over the last three years, I have had the privilege to work alongside a talented faculty and staff to build a formidable reputation for the UNT Dallas School of Education as the place where DFW’s best teachers and school leaders are made,” Dr. Gasko said. “Throughout this time, I have come to understand more broadly how special and crucial this university is to Dallas’ ability to flourish. I am honored to now have the opportunity to serve this community in a more expansive manner as the President’s Special Advisor, and work in collaboration with university leadership, faculty and staff to forge ahead in pursuit of its noble vision.”
Under Dr. Gasko’s leadership, the School of Education has experienced exceptional growth and transformation, including being among the fastest-growing education schools in the region, and boasting the highest retention rates on the UNT Dallas campus.
Dr. Gasko will assume his new role in early June.
Meanwhile, UNT Dallas Provost Betty Stewart will launch a national search for a new School of Education dean.