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UNT gets two new regents; third reappointed

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By Jenna Duncan / Staff Writer

Two new regents will begin serving the University of North Texas Board of Regents later this month after Gov. Rick Perry announced the two new appointments and one reappointment to the board.

All three regents will serve at the Board of Regents meeting next week, Aug. 15 and 16, and their terms will expire May 22, 2019.

Gwyn Shea was reappointed to the board, while Rusty Reid, CEO and board chairman of Higginbotham & Associates, and B. Glen Whitley, Tarrant County judge, will be the newest regents.

“The school has always been a big sense of pride, and there are so many different schools in there,” Whitley said. “And with the closeness of the UNT Health Science Center — what a tremendous asset it is.”

Although Whitley attend the University of Texas at Arlington, he said his wife and daughter both graduated from UNT and said it is “a great institution.”

Reid holds his bachelor’s degree from UNT, and Shea had attended UNT before graduating from the Dallas Baptist University Police Academy.

Currently, Whitley lives in Hurst, Reid is in Fort Worth and Shea lives in Irving.

While UNT Chancellor Lee Jackson was the Dallas County judge, he and Whitley worked closely on several projects, Whitley said. Whitley has now served on the Commissioners Court for 16 years and helped start the Whitley Penn accounting firm 30 years ago.

Reid and Shea could not be reached for comment.

Reid is the president, CEO and board chairman of Higginbotham & Associates, a large insurance firm that provides insurance, risk management and financial services.

Shea is a retired former Texas secretary of state and former state representative for District 98, and a former Dallas County constable.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.