Lesa B. Roe
22Chancellor, UNT System
Lesa B. Roe was named Chancellor of the University of North Texas System in 2017, following a national search. Chancellor Roe is the first woman to lead the UNT System. As the UNT System’s Chief Executive Officer, she is responsible for all aspects of the System’s operations, including general oversight of 10,000+ employees and the three UNT System campuses – the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth and the University of North Texas at Dallas.
As leader of the only university system based in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth Region, Chancellor Roe is committed to serving DFW, Texas and the nation by building a pipeline of career-ready graduates, while transforming lives and strengthening communities through education. Chancellor Roe serves on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, and was named to the Dallas 500 most powerful business leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth by D CEO magazine in 2017 and 2018. In 2018 she was named to Fort Worth’s “400 Most Influential People” list, compiled by Fort Worth Inc. magazine.
Prior to her arrival in North Texas, Chancellor Roe spent 33 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – a federal agency that received $19.6 billion in government funding in 2017 and oversees $31 billion in assets. As acting Deputy Administrator, she was responsible for general oversight of 17,000 NASA employees and operations of 10 field centers across the nation. She also directed program and project teams on product/mission delivery, acquisition strategy, partnership and international strategy, and risk management.
During her tenure at NASA, Chancellor Roe served as the first woman Director of NASA Langley Research Center, Manager of the International Space Station (ISS) Research Program at the Johnson Space Center, and worked on 38 Space Shuttle and ISS missions in various leadership roles. Her leadership at NASA led to numerous science, space, and aeronautics breakthrough innovations and missions which advanced our nation’s leadership and international knowledge of aeronautics and space.
Chancellor Roe has served on numerous boards and advisory committees including the Virginia Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Council, American Astronautical Society, Virginia FIRST Robotics, and the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission. Chancellor Roe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. She is married to Ralph Roe, NASA’s Chief Engineer, and has two sons and a daughter.