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Dr. Clinton Purtell May 20, 2021 12:00 PM
UNT Update
UNT Update

Dr. Purtell is the Director of External Relations responsible for developing industry and external partnerships for UNT Frisco. In this role, he works to collaborate and partner with employers or organizations who have an interest in supporting UNT, such as through internships, cohort and capstone class projects, guest speaking/guest lecturing, or other opportunities.

Dr. Waldrip and Dr. Fouche May 27, 2021 12:00 PM
The State of FISD
The State of FISD

Dr. Mike Waldrip serves as superintendent of Frisco Independent School District. He began his career in education in 1982 in Victoria, Texas. He spent 16 years as a biology teacher and basketball coach in Victoria, Goliad and Seminole ISDs, before working as an assistant high school principal in Seminole. 

He first came to Frisco ISD in 2002, serving as principal of Clark Middle School and then as the District’s first-ever director of secondary instruction. He opened Liberty High School as principal in 2006. In 2010, Dr. Waldrip moved to central administration, where he oversaw data systems, program evaluation and various FISD departments as an assistant and deputy superintendent. In 2014, he got the opportunity to serve as superintendent of schools in nearby Coppell ISD, a position he held until his return to Frisco ISD in July 2017.

Dr. Waldrip and his wife Lisa have two grown sons who both graduated from Frisco ISD schools. In his spare time, Dr. Waldrip enjoys exercising, spending time outdoors, traveling, scuba diving, reading and listening to live music, such as classic rock and roll and the blues.

Dr. Todd Fouche is the Deputy Superintendent of Business and Operations at FISD. He has served the district for almost 18 years in various positions. He has lived in Frisco since 1994.

Scott Johnson Jun 10, 2021 12:00 PM
The Value of ZapStand in Frisco Parks
The Value of ZapStand in Frisco Parks

Scott Johnson serves as CEO & Managing Partner of Wheelhouse Ventures. A serial entrepreneur, Johnson also serves as the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Wheelhouse portfolio company ZapStand, a medical technology start-up and CEO of portfolio company Wheelhouse Marinas.

Scott served on the City Council in Frisco, Texas (Pop. 205,000) from 2008-2017 having been elected city-wide in 2008 and re-elected in 2011 and again in 2014. As a lifetime conservative, Johnson has consistently fought for low taxes, private property rights, balanced budgets, and controlled growth.

Johnson is also on the front lines of Texas’ job growth as an Executive Board member of the Texas Business Leadership Council – a 100-CEO organization dedicated to Texas’ prosperity. Additionally, he served as an officer on the Board of Directors for the Texas Economic Development Corporation (TexasOne) having been appointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2006 and having served until 2015. Johnson has led missions on behalf of the Governor to Georgia, New York, and California meeting with CEO’s and site selectors and recruiting corporations to Texas. His efforts have contributed to the longest sustained period of job growth in Texas history. He is also a graduate of Leadership North Texas Class 7.

Johnson was named to the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 under 40” in both 2005 and 2010, and the Collin County Business Press “40 under 40” in 2012 recognizing him as one of the top 40 business professionals under the age of 40 in the area. Additionally, Johnson serves on the boards of numerous private companies and charitable foundations including the Collin College Foundation (as an officer of the Board). Scott Johnson is a 4-time IRONMAN triathlon finisher and is the first person known to have completed the IRONMAN World Championships in Hawaii with an artificial lumbar disc. His inspiring story of struggle and determination following four back surgeries caused NBC to profile Johnson during its yearly IRONMAN broadcast in 2010.

Johnson is an involved dad, including coaching the U11 Army football team and the U7 Tigers basketball team. He is a product of the Richardson ISD and is a graduate of Auburn University. Scott is proud of his Christian faith and deeply held beliefs and is an active member of Prestonwood Baptist Church where he has been a member for more than 30 years. He has been married to Julia for 17 years, with whom he has four children – Finley (14), Palmer (12), Creed (11), and Breck (7).

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