Members of The Dallas 40 believe it is imperative to learn more about important community issues by “drilling down” into a subject … listening to, learning from and interacting with those who are leading the way. Our speakers, all prominent in their own spheres of influence, address our meetings to educate our members on these issues and to enable them to influence the direction of our community based upon informed choice. By providing entree to circles of business, professional and community leaders, The Dallas 40 affords its members and invited guests the opportunity to engage the community’s best and brightest in a dialogue that makes a difference. The Dallas 40 is a nonpartisan organization, with membership open to men and women of all ages.

Next Meeting:

Monday, April 10th | RSVP


5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Embassy Suites
3880 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas 75220
5:30 p.m. Appetizers and Cash Bar
6:00 p.m. Program


Yes, members and friends, we are on the move again. While many of us enjoyed the centrality of the El Fenix restaurant where we met in March, the competing ambient noise of a busy restaurant was not conducive to a satisfactory experience. It was just too loud, despite efforts to dampen the noise. So we are moving again. We will be meeting at yet another Embassy Suites, this one on the south side of Northwest Highway between Inwood Road and Lemmon Avenue. There is ample parking and we will be in a downstairs private room – The Garden Room. It is a lovely space, recently remodeled, with natural lighting and views of the green space behind the hotel. Our appetizers will be served in our room, and the cash bar is just outside the door. Hopefully this will be our new home for many more meetings.

Ten Takeaways About Higher Education in Texas, the U.S., and the Future

Lee Jackson, Chancellor of the University of North Texas System, is retiring this fall after spending 15 years at the center of major changes in the way Texas and the United States look at higher education. He’ll talk a little bit about the expanded visibility and scope of the University of North Texas System—its three campuses in Denton, Fort Worth, and Dallas—but more about changing attitudes and perceptions and some of the national debates about the value of a college degree. Is Texas meeting its goals for an educated workforce? Is tuition out of control? Will online education disrupt the delivery of college credits? What can the state and federal governments do to improve US competitiveness? Most importantly, what is the purpose of a college education supposed to be, after all?

But no, he will not discuss whether Texas and Texas A&M should play each other again in sports! We’ve got more important stuff to discuss.

Join us for a discussion about the changing face of higher education and the role of UNT in facilitating that change.

Our Speaker

Lee JacksonLee Jackson,
UNT System Chancellor

Lee Jackson has served as Chancellor of the University of North Texas System since 2002, following a 30-year career in state and local government.

He is the chief executive officer of the UNT System, an organization with 8,500 employees, more than 43,000 students at four primary teaching locations, and an annual operating budget of $1.2 billion.

The Chancellor reports to a 10-member Board of Regents, appointed by the Governor of Texas, and is responsible for the development of System initiatives, administrative and policy direction, strategic planning, and oversight of the UNT System campuses:  University of North Texas (Denton), UNT Health Science Center (Fort Worth), UNT New College (Frisco) and UNT Dallas.

Chancellor Jackson is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Citizens Council and the Dallas Regional Chamber, where he chaired the University CEO Council.  At the national level, he serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of System Heads (NASH) and served as chairman of the Texas Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC).

During his tenure as Chancellor, the UNT System has built 3.9 million square feet of new buildings and has added 2,631 residential beds. UNT has increased its enrollment from 27,858 to 37,973 students, raised its five-year graduation rate by 53%, and increased sponsored research from $17.4 million to $29.1 million in 2016.

In 2016, UNT was, for the first time, named to membership in the top classification of American universities by the Carnegie Endowment.

Guests are always welcome. We request a per-guest fee of $15. If a guest joins as a member on the day he/she attends a meeting, the $15 fee is credited against the dues fee. For 2017, membership is $100 per person. Please RSVP Here

Embassy SuitesNEW LOCATION:

Embassy Suites
The Garden Room
3880 W. Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75220

Appetizers and Cash Bar