John Ellis Price, PhD
President, University of North Texas at Dallas
John Ellis Price, Ph.D., CPA, is professor of accounting and the founding president of the University of North Texas at Dallas. UNT Dallas began operations as a general academic institution of the State of Texas on Sept. 1, 2010.
Price served as vice chancellor and the chief executive officer of the UNT Dallas Campus (founded in January 2000 as the forerunner for UNT Dallas) from July 1, 2001, until his appointment as president of the new University. The UNT Dallas Campus was created to increase the number of citizens in Dallas and the North Texas region who hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and to implement programs and partnerships that will help to increase high school graduation and college-going rates. As vice chancellor, Price served as the University of North Texas System’s chief spokesperson in Dallas for the creation of UNT Dallas.
Price previously served as the KPMG Professor of Taxation and chair of the Department of Accounting at the University of North Texas, as professor and dean of the School of Business at Jackson State University, as assistant professor of accounting at the University of Southern Mississippi, and as an internal revenue agent with the Internal Revenue Service. Price also served two terms as a member of the Commissioner’s Advisory Group for the Internal Revenue Service.
President Price received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science degrees with a major in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi and his Ph.D. in accounting in 1981 from the University of North Texas. He is also a certified public accountant.
Price’s research and publication interests are in the areas of tax compliance and administration and accounting education, where he has published numerous articles. He is the co-author of College Accounting, one of the most widely used college accounting textbooks. As a member of the faculty of the College of Business Administration at UNT, Price twice received the College’s Outstanding Teaching Award and also received the University’s President’s Council Award.
Price is a member of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Taxation Association. He served as chair of the American Taxation Association’s Subcommittee on Relations with the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury and chair of the Minority Initiatives Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
The former district chair for the Wisdom Trail District of the Circle Ten Council for the Boy Scouts of America, Price currently serves on the Executive Board of the Circle Ten Council. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Dallas Historical Society; the Dallas Friday Group; and Uplift Education.