The presidential merry-go-round in the University of North Texas System continues to spin, the latest move coming with Tuesday's announcement that UNT President V. Lane Rawlins is stepping down.
Rawlins said he plans to retire on or before Dec. 31 to focus on his family but wants to continue serving the Denton university as an active president emeritus.
He made the announcement less than a week after a finalist was selected for the president of UNT's Dallas campus and two months after the controversial firing of Dr. Scott Ransom at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth.
Rawlins joined UNT in May 2010 as an interim appointment but was given the title of president in November that year. Rawlins, 75, was lured out of retirement to help the university raise its profile as it works to gain top-tier research status.