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Credit: University of North Texas

Credit: University of North Texas

DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Alfred Francis Hurley, who served as chancellor of the UNT System from 1982 to 2002 and also president of UNT until 2000, died this weekend at the age of 84.

Under Hurley’s tenure, the university experienced substantial growth. The school’s enrollment increased in size from 19,000 to more than 27,000 students, while the endowment grew substantially from $850,000 to $45 million.

In 1988, the university changed its name from North Texas State University to the University of North Texas. The UNT system was recognized by the Texas Legislature as the sixth formal system of higher education in the state in 2001.

After he retired as chancellor, Hurley became a professor in UNT’s Department of History from 2003 to 2008.

Hurley was remembered on the university’s website:

“Hurley was a warm and loving father and a devoted husband who shared a love of stories, adventure and social events with his wife Johanna… He also was a great mentor to his children and took great pride in their educational, professional and personal achievements.”

Prior to serving as president at UNT, Hurley had a distinguished 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Brigadier General.

Hurley will be buried on Friday, June 14. A Catholic Mass will be held at 10 a.m. at the Air Force Academy Chapel, followed by a military funeral and a reception at Doolittle Hall.

The UNT community plans to honor Hurley with a time of quiet reflection at Goolsby Chapel, where condolences can be written to his family. A memorial service will be scheduled in Dallas to celebrate his life at a date to be announced.

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