Position: Governmental Finance
Term ends: 2015
Wayne Roberts was named Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) in November 2013 after serving nearly a year as the Interim Executive Director. Wayne was initially retained to stabilize the agency which had undergone a series of operational crises and experienced legislative and public criticism throughout 2012. During 2013 Wayne worked closely with the Texas legislature to strengthen the agency’s statutes, rules and regulations, and governance. CPRIT is now moving forward with its mission of expediting innovative research, providing evidence-based prevention programs, and bringing new devices, drugs, and procedures to doctors’ offices to treat people with cancer now.
In 2009 Governor Rick Perry appointed Wayne to the State Pension Review Board for a term ending in 2015. The Board’s mission is to oversee all Texas public retirement systems, both state and local, for actuarial soundness and compliance with state law.
Prior to the CPRIT appointment, he served at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as Associate Vice President for Public Policy. Before that Wayne’s career was heavily weighted towards public finance and budget, especially with respect to higher education. He held numerous senior positions under Governor Rick Perry in which he led implementation of the higher education incentive and accountability initiatives and authored the white paper and draft legislation creating the Texas Emerging Technology Fund which catalyzes commercialization, especially for research conducted in Texas public universities.
Wayne served Governor George W. Bush as Deputy and Acting State Budget Director. He was Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock’s special assistant for budget and human services following 18 years with the Legislative Budget Board.
Wayne has been honored with life membership in the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) after holding several positions, including president, on their executive committee.
He received a B.A. with honors and special honors in government from The University of Texas at Austin and a Masters from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at UT.
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