So says Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs about the intentions of the University of North Texas to officially put its base of operations in downtown Dallas:
“The heart of the eagle has just been moved to Dallas,” Burroughs said. “After 120 years, it’s not a positive step, and I have grave concerns with it.”
I grew up in Denton, but I did not attend UNT. This is a strange move, and it signals that the board of regents expects Dallas to become more important to the university system’s operations than the “main” campus in Denton. They’re calling it a “neutral” site for the governing offices, but they’re going to be much closer to the new law school and the south Dallas campus.
Why should those offices need to be in a neutral location? They’re hoping to supplant SMU as the favored institution of the Dallas business community? Chancellor Lee Jackson doesn’t like driving to Denton?