Debbie Rohwer

Debbie Rohwer

Vice President for Planning & Chief of Staff in the Office of the President

Dr. Debbie Rohwer began serving as vice president for planning and chief of staff in the Office of the President in June 2017 and is a Regents Professor of music education. Prior to her appointment in the Office of the President, she joined the UNT College of Music faculty in 1997 and was professor of and chair of music education. Dr. Rohwer’s position as vice president for planning and chief of staff includes a variety of duties such as:

  • Advising President Smatresk and his executive leadership team on the conceptualization and execution of innovative organizational strategies and objectives
  • Developing and leading strategic, cross-divisional presidential projects and initiatives that have potential impact for the future direction of the university
  • Assembling teams from across the university that problem solve and work toward improved processes


  • Ph.D. in music education, The Ohio State University
  • M.M. in music education, Eastman School of Music
  • B.M. in music education and flute performance, Northwestern University

Contact Info  |  940-565-3514  |  Hurley Administration Building 370B
Rhiannon White

Rhiannon White

Senior Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Planning & Chief of Staff

The senior executive assistant to the vice president for planning and chief of staff provides support for the vice president and the Office of the President. Duties include:

  • Coordinating appointments, scheduling meetings and travel for the vice president for planning and chief of staff
  • Web content management
  • Assisting with special projects as needed


  • B.A. in English, Chapman University

Contact Info  |  940-565-4030  |  Hurley Administration Building 370
Elizabeth Vogt

Elizabeth Vogt

Assistant Vice President of Accreditation & Institutional Effectiveness

Elizabeth Vogt has worked at the University of North Texas for approximately 18 years and currently serves as the accreditation liason for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). She and her team manage all aspects of institutional accreditation including institutional effectiveness, assessment, substantive change, strategic planning and reporting, and academic program review. She is a frequent presenter on assessment and accreditation in the southern region.


  • EdD in higher education (in progress), University of North Texas
  • M.S. in sociology, University of North Texas
  • B.A. in sociology, University of North Texas

Contact Info  |  940-369-5288  |  Hurley Administration Building 135
Jason Simon

Jason Simon

Associate Vice President of Data, Analytics, & Institutional Research

With more than 28 years of higher education experience, Dr. Jason Simon serves as associate vice president of data, analytics, and institutional research (DAIR). As associate vice president of DAIR, Dr. Simon is responsible for:

  • Leading a dynamic team of institutional researchers, business intelligence professionals, and data modelers responsible for the enterprise-wide data warehouse, analytics, and dashboard solution known as Insights 2.0
  • Guiding development and implementation of UNT data governance structures, practices, and guidelines/policies as highlighted on
  • Collaborating with key campus partners in enrollment, student affairs, academic affairs, advancement, finance and administration, inclusion, diversity, equity & access, and research to maintain relationships that move UNT forward on key strategies related to scope and function of department. 


  • Ph.D. in higher education, University of North Texas
  • M.Ed. in higher education and student affairs administration, University of Vermont
  • B.A. in environmental studies, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Contact Info  |  940-369-8054  |  Support and Services Building 181-J
Stacey Polk

Stacey Polk

Student Success Program Manager

Prior to joining the Division of Planning in July 2020, Stacey Polk served as a gifted and talented education specialist for Northwest ISD’s Advanced Academics Department. The student success program manager's responsibilities include:

  • Researching external sources and analyzing internal data to formulate and implement student success initiatives aligned with the strategic plan
  • Collaborating with faculty and staff to produce projects, programs, and events contributing to student success


  • B.A. in English, Tarleton State University

Contact Info  |  940-565-4455  |  Hurley Administration Building 370

Parker Ellis

Parker Ellis

Navigate Coordinator

Parker Ellis has been at the University of North Texas since 2017 and served as an academic ddvisor and senior academic counselor in the College of Health and Public Service until he joined the Division of Planning in 2022. The primary duties of the navigate coordinator include:

  • Perform basic Navigate site maintenance such as access requests, user audits, and other security permissions to ensure compliance
  • Train, support, and consult end-users for platform requests, best practices, and troubleshooting 
  • Develop and maintain the communication strategies and calendar for the Navigate Platform


  • M.Ed. in higher education, University of North Texas 
  • B.G.S. in general studies, Texas A&M University – Commerce 

Contact Info  |  940-369-5182  |  Hurley Administration Building 370C