Wayne Roberts

Chief Executive Officer

Wayne Roberts was named Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) in November 2013 after serving since December 2012 as the Interim Executive Director.

Prior to four years with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as Associate Vice President for Public Policy, Wayne’s career was weighted towards public finance and budget, especially with respect to higher education.He held numerous senior positions under Governor Rick Perry in which, among other things, he authored the white paper and draft legislation creating the Texas Emerging Technology Fund to catalyze economic development, including transferring research conducted at universities to the Texas market place.

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 awarded life membership in the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) after holding several positions, including president, on their executive committee.In 2009 Governor Perry appointed Wayne to the State Pension Review Board for a term ending in 2015.

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.