Dr. Marvin Berkeley, then Dean of the College of Business Administration, founded the Professional Development Institute (PDI) in 1973. PDI was originally a college department, but was incorporated as a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation in 1984.
PDI’s first director – and president – was Dr. Paden Neeley, who guided the organization to a national reputation as a leading provider of education.
PDI and UNT have historically maintained a mutually beneficial partnership. PDI works with faculty at UNT as well as experienced industry professional to create practical, applicable training and education. PDI has contributed millions to the university, funding endowments, professorships, equipment and special events.