Gov. Abbott appoints three to UNT System Board

Friday, December 20, 2019


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. Abbott 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 Ph.D. 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, a 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.