University of North Texas System Chancellor Lesa Roe today announced Alan Stucky as the system’s new Vice Chancellor & General Counsel, pending approval by the Board of Regents next month. Stucky has served the UNT System as Interim Vice Chancellor & General Counsel since November, 2019, and has spent more than 15 years in the system’s Office of General Counsel.
“Through his many years of service to our system, Alan has demonstrated exceptional leadership and ability,” Roe said. “Alan’s rich experience, steady demeanor and selfless leadership will provide stability and strong direction for our Office of General Council. He is well-respected across our organization as a strategic partner for me, our Board of Regents and all of our institutions.”
The Office of General Counsel represents the UNT System, its Board of Regents and its universities in all legal matters. Stucky joined the UNT System in 2004 and previously served as Senior Associate General Counsel. In addition, he has served UNT as an adjunct professor since 2006, teaching several business law courses for the G. Brint Ryan College of Business.
Previously Stucky worked as in-house counsel and risk manager for Hillcrest Health System in Waco. He was also in private practice with Dunnam & Dunnam, LLP, in Waco, as well as with Brown & Fortunato, P.C., in Amarillo. Stucky received his J.D. from Baylor University Law School and his B.S. from Bethel College
Lesa Roe, Chancellor for the University of North Texas System, Paul Corliss, Chief Communications Officer for the University of North Texas System, host the Bridging Gaps Podcast and welcome Daniel Tenney, Vice Chancellor for Finance for the University of North Texas System.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Melisa Denis to the UNT System Board of Regents for a term set to expire on May 22, 2025. She will replace Regent Rusty Reid of Fort Worth, who had served on the board since 2013. In November, Gov. Abott also appointed Daniel Feehan and John Scott, Jr., D.O. to the Board of Regents for terms that also expire on May 22, 2025. Feehan and Scott will replace Regents Gwyn Shea and Glen Whitley, respectively.
Melisa Denis of Southlake is a certified public accountant (CPA) and partner at KPMG LLP. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of CPAs, and the Women Corporate Directors Advisory Board. She is a member of the UNT College of Business Advisory Board and the Enactus Advisory Board. Additionally, she is a former board member of the KPMG Foundation Board and the PhD Project, founder and former board member of The Board Connection, and former board chairman of Faith Christian School. Denis received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting from the UNT.
Daniel Feehan of Fort Worth is chairman of FirstCash, Inc., and previously served as the president and chief executive officer of Cash America International, Inc. He is a member of the Exchange Club - Fort Worth and Executive Roundtable - Fort Worth and a former president and former member of the Young Presidents’ Organization Fort Worth Chapter. He is a former member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the World Presidents’ Organization. Additionally, he is a board member and vice president of the Lena Pope Foundation and a board member of One Safe Place. He also previously served as a board member of the YMCA - Metropolitan Fort Worth and the United Way of Tarrant County Board, and as a board member and president of the Lena Pope Home. Feehan received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas A&M University.
John Scott, Jr., D.O. of Keller is the chief medical officer and chairman of the board of ALLCARE Physicians Group and an assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He most recently served as an anesthesiologist at U.S. Anesthesia Partners. He served as a Major in the United States Army Reserves until his Honorable Discharge. He is a gubernatorial appointee on the Texas Physician Assistant Board, member of the board of directors of Lone Star Alliance, Elite Care Physicians Group, and Premier Specialty Physicians Group, and board president of Liberty Hospice. In addition, he is a member of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists and a Delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Scott received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lamar University, a Master of Health Administration from Louisiana State University – Shreveport, and a Doctor of Osteopathy from UNT Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Chancellor Lesa Roe held her quarterly UNT World Town Hall on December 12 at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth. This very special Town Hall featured a moderated panel discussion with Chancellor Roe all three UNT World Presidents – Bob Mong (UNT Dallas), Neal Smatresk (UNT) and Michael Williams (UNTHSC). The chancellor and presidents each recapped the year that was for their respective institutions and also addressed goals for the future.
UNT World Town Halls are held each quarter to help keep faculty and staff informed, while providing a regular forum to ask key UNT System leaders work-related questions.
Thank you to all that attended or live streamed the Town Hall last week. For those that could not participate last week, the full video can be viewed by clicking below.
UNT World shines the spotlight on Human Resources' Organizational Development & Engagement (ODE) team. The goal of ODE is to create a high-performance, sustainable organization that meets its strategic and operational goals and objectives.
According to Forbes, an engaged workforce lowers an organization's risk of turnover, boosts customer satisfaction, and increases overall chances for success. Training opportunities in the workplace are also more important than ever. Gallup research shows that 70% of workers and 90% of millennial workers rated career development opportunities as very important aspects of a job.
The ODE team provides these types of opportunities for all UNT World faculty and staff – at no charge. Their classes are available on each campus, online, and via webcast.
Lesa Roe, Chancellor for the University of North Texas System, and Paul Corliss, Chief Communications Officer, host the Bridging Gaps Podcast and welcome Dr. Michael Williams, President of the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
The UNT System Excellence & Service Awards were held on October 1 in Denton to recognize system administration team members for their service to UNT World, and to honor team members that exemplify collaboration, customer service, inclusion, innovation and leadership.
Alan Stucky (pictured with his team) received a $1000 award as the inaugural recipient of the Chancellor's Excellence Award. Alan works for the UNT System Office of General Counsel as a Senior Associate General Counsel and has served the UNT System since October 1, 2004. He also was honored for 15 years of service during the event.
"It goes without saying that Alan Stucky is a superb attorney," said Nancy Footer, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel. "What makes Alan so worthy of the inaugural Chancellor’s Excellence Award is his ability to find creative, smart and practical solutions to help the system and campuses accomplish their critical business objectives. Measured, even-tempered and wise, Alan is the consummate counselor, colleague and mentor. He could be successful in any industry – we are fortunate he continues to make UNT World his professional home."
A full list of UNT System Administration team members that were honored can be found below.
CHANCELLOR'S EXCELLENCE AWARD
CUSTOMER SUPPORT AWARD
30 YEARS OF SERVICE
25 YEARS OF SERVICE
20 YEARS OF SERVICE
15 YEARS OF SERVICE
10 YEARS OF SERVICE
5 YEARS OF SERVICE
Chris McCoy, Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, has been named Chief Information Officer for the University of North Texas System and its flagship University of North Texas. McCoy, who has 30+ years of information technology experience in higher education, starts his new role on October 28 and will be based in Denton.
As the CIO for the UNT System and UNT, McCoy will oversee the central information technology operation that supports the University of North Texas, University of North Texas at Dallas, University of North Texas Health Science Center and UNT System Administration. He will replace Interim Chief Information Officer Charlotte Russell, who will return to her full-time role as Chief Information Security Officer & Senior Director of Management and Risk Services.
In his most recent role at Arkansas, McCoy was responsible for all finance and administrative support functions of the flagship institution of the University of Arkansas system – the largest university in the state of Arkansas, serving more than 28,000 students annually. At Arkansas, McCoy’s direct reports included the Chief Information Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Business Officer, Chief of Police, Chief Facilities Officer, Chief Budget Officer and Chief Finance Officer.
“We conducted a national search for this critical leadership position that impacts our flagship university, as well as our system as a whole, on a daily basis,” UNT System Chancellor Lesa Roe said. “With three decades of IT experience at comparable public institutions, including the University of Arkansas, Minnesota State Colleges & Universities System, Iowa State University and Purdue University, Chris is uniquely equipped to understand our challenges and opportunities in the UNT System. We are excited to welcome a leader of Chris’ caliber and we are also appreciative of Charlotte Russell’s hard work while serving as Interim CIO since May, 2019.”
Prior to serving Arkansas as Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration, McCoy served UA as CIO from 2015-2018. His career also includes leadership roles in IT at Metropolitan State University (Minnesota), the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities System, Iowa State University and Purdue University. McCoy holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in engineering from Iowa State, as well as an MBA from the University of Iowa.
“I’m thrilled that Chris McCoy’s new role as UNT System Chief Information Officer will be a dual appointment to lead IT for our university and our system – his rich experience as a leader and innovator at similar institutions makes him a perfect fit,” said UNT President Neal Smatresk. “As a Tier One research university, it’s crucial that UNT continue to improve our student, faculty and staff user experience with technology inside and outside of the classroom, and we’re excited for Chris to help us grow strategically.”
Historically Underutilized Businesses are integral to UNT World. In 2019, all four UNT World institutions rank in the top tier for HUB spending.
Over the past 3 years, UNT has increased HUB spending from 16% to 24% while UNT Dallas ranked #1 in the state in HUB spending. UNT Health Science Center recently finished its Interdisciplinary Research & Education Building, which was created with 42% HUB spending on professional services and 25% on construction.