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B. Glen Whitley



Glen Whitley of Hurst, Texas, was appointed to the UNT Board of Regents Board in 2013, and his term expires in May 2019.

Regent Whitley is the presiding officer of over the Tarrant County Commissioners Court, the nation’s 15th most populous county and the third largest in Texas.  Tarrant County is one of only 500 employers to make Forbes List of America’s Best Employers in 2018 and one of only nine government organizations on the list.

Regent Whitley was elected as a County Commissioner in 1996 and Tarrant County Judge in 2006. He continues to serve as a leader in transportation, sustainable communities, efficient government and support for veterans and military families, as well as an advocate for youth and children’s issues.

Under his leadership, guidance and tenure, Tarrant County’s transportation bond package helps cities build and widen roads. He continues to play a leading role in improving access and care at JPS Health Network.

He is a past president of the National Association of Counties and of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, organizations that help local government develop policies, recognize regional opportunities and make collaborative decisions. He is a past chairman of the Regional Transportation Council, the Texas Conference of Urban Counties and the Public Employee Benefits Cooperative.

Regent Whitley also serves on the boards of the National Association of Counties, the Texas Conference of Urban Counties, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments, as well as many other local and regional boards.

Regent Whitley earned an accounting degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.  In 1983, he co-founded the accounting firm Whitley Penn with offices now in Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, and Austin.

Among his many accomplishments, he was nationally recognized in 2010 by American City and County magazine as County Leader of the Year.  The Texas Department of Transportation presented him with the Russell H. Perry Award in 2013 for his work and leadership in raising awareness and helping to develop solutions to the challenges to our State’s infrastructure.  In 2016, he was recognized as the Distinguished Alumni of the University of Texas at Arlington.   Most recently, he received the 2018 Health Care Hero Award from the Fort Worth Business Press for his work with the Asthma411 initiative. 

Regent Whitley and his wife, Brenda, have three grown children and seven grandchildren.