UTA honored five alumni for their professional achievements, community engagement, and service to the University at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards in November.
C. Keith Cargill ('81), Major General Daniel P. Hughes ('83), and Liz Johnson ('89) received the Distinguished Alumni Award. The Honorable B. Glen Whitley ('76) received the Distinguished Alumni and Community Service Award, and Jocelyn Zee ('04) received the Recent Graduate Alumni Award.
Cargill, a native Texan and banking veteran with more than 30 years of expertise, earned his MBA at UTA. He was a founding member of Texas Capital Bank, where he currently serves as president and chief executive officer. He is also president and CEO of Texas Capital Bancshares Inc. His community outreach includes serving on the advisory board of the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, among many others. He is also chairman of the board for the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and a member of UTA's Development Board.
Hughes received his bachelor of arts degree at UTA and went on to earn a master of science from the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University. He serves as director for test at the Missile Defense Agency. Previously, Hughes served as deputy commanding general for support in Kabul, Afghanistan, and as the Army's program executive officer for command at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Johnson is a nationally recognized chief information officer at Acute Care Hospitals and Applied Clinical Informatics for Tenet Health. As CIO, she provides the strategic vision and tactical planning for many systems used across all Tenet's acute care hospitals. A master of science in nursing graduate, Johnson has spent the last seven years leveraging her health care experience to advocate for the U.S. health care reform movement in Washington, D.C. In October, she received a fellowship with the American Academy of Nursing.
Whitley presides over the Tarrant County Commissioners Court. He is a leader in many areas, including transportation and sustainable communities, efficient government, air quality, and higher education. After earning his degree in accounting from UTA, he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. In 1983, he cofounded Whitley Penn, an accounting firm. He was elected a Tarrant County commissioner in 1996 and Tarrant County judge in 2006.
Dr. Zee enrolled at UTA when she was just 13 and graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in biology. After graduation, she enrolled at the University of North Texas Health Science Center's Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Zee works full time as a critical care attending physician at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Zee is involved with the community, serving as the chairwoman of the Physician Excellence Committee and speaking annually with pre-health Freshman Interest Groups at UTA.