Jim McNatt earned his degree at UNT in general business administration in 1966 and was an active member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. From 1961 to 2014 he built a car dealership group of 10 dealerships in the Denton area. In 1983, Jim and his brother started McNatt Properties, which has since grown to include properties in raw land, ranch land, apartments, houses, warehouses, shopping centers and office buildings. He is a partner in the Luttrull-McNatt Chevrolet dealership in Sanger and the Luttrull-McNatt Buick/Chevrolet/GMC dealership in Gainesville, and he serves as vice president of McNatt Properties LLC. Jim is active in the community and also within UNT. A lifetime member of the UNT Alumni Association and a member of the prestigious McConnell Society, Jim serves on the President’s Leadership Board, the UNT Foundation Board of Directors, the College of Business Advisory Board and the Kuehne Speaker Series Board of Directors.
Jim McNatt was honored with the Wings of Eagles Presidential Award at this year's Wingspan Gala (March 17, 2018). The Wings of Eagles Award, launched during the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the University of North Texas, is the most prestigious award presented by the President to someone who has made a transformative impact on the university. The honor celebrates creativity, spirit and innovation at UNT and is awarded to an alumnus or friend who embodies what UNT represents: engagement, generosity and affinity.
With gifts totaling more than $6 million, Jim and his wife Linda have made an immediate impact through their generosity supporting athletics, logistics, National Merit Finalists and autism research. In addition, the McNatts recently made a transformative commitment to the Athletics Indoor Practice Facility initiative, created the Jim McNatt Institute for Logistics Research, and funded the McNatt College of Business Graduate Fellowship, the Linda McNatt Master’s in International Sustainable Tourism Graduate Scholarship, the Linda McNatt MIST Student Research Award and the Linda McNatt MIST Marketing Fund.