But the longtime American Airlines pilot apparently plans to stay busy. On Tuesday, an official with the Texas Historical Commission confirmed that Shepard had been appointed to that agency's board.
“As I consider other opportunities to serve the state of Texas, I leave the NTTA board of directors during a time of exponential growth and accomplishment,” Shepard said in his resignation letter. “It has been particularly gratifying to work with my fellow board members during my tenure as we worked to deliver mobility solutions such as the Chisholm Trail Parkway (NTTA’s first project in Tarrant County), Sam Rayburn Tollway, Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge and President George Bush Turnpike Eastern Extension to the citizens of the North Texas region."
Gov. Rick Perry will be asked to appoint a successor to the tollway board. The other eight board members are appointed by the four largest counties in North Texas -- Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Collin.