CPRIT is governed by 11 dedicated Texans who together comprise the Oversight Committee. Nine board members are appointed by the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House to serve staggered terms. In addition to the appointed members, the Attorney General of Texas and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts or their designees are permanent members of CPRIT’s governing body. The Oversight Committee meets at least once every quarter and is led by an Executive Committee.
Oversight Committee members may also serve on subcommittees established by the Board, including:
- Audit Subcommittee
- Board Governance and Ethics Subcommittee
- Nominations Subcommittee
- Development Subcommittee
- Scientific Research Subcommittee
- Prevention Subcommittee
- Diversity Work Group
Together, the Oversight Committee members’ knowledge, passion, and commitment to CPRIT’s mission have guided the agency through its creation and successful first year of operations.
Jimmy Mansour was appointed to the Oversight Committee by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst on June 20, 2008 and elected chairman at the Oversight Committee’s second meeting on August 14th, 2008. Having started several telecommunications companies, including National Telecommunications of Austin, National Telecommunications of Florida, GroupTel, and Clearwire Technologies, Mr. Mansour brings proven entrepreneurial leadership to CPRIT’s Oversight Committee.
Joseph Bailes, M.D.
Dr. Joseph S. Bailes is a medical oncologist with substantial experience in legislation, public policy and advocacy, as well as the business aspects of the practice of oncology and of medicine generally. For nearly two decades, Dr. Bailes has served in various leadership capacities for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). During his ten years as Chair of ASCO's Clinical Practice Committee, he led a number of legislative and regulatory initiatives that have helped to shape the current environment for regulation and reimbursement of cancer care in the United States. He also oversaw the creation of ASCO's State/Regional Affiliates Program to enhance participation of community oncologists in the activities of the national organization. He served on the ASCO Board of Directors in the mid-1990's and was elected President of ASCO in 1999-2000.
Angelos Angelou is the Founder and Principal Executive Officer of AngelouEconomics, bringing nearly 30 years of experience in economic & business development and site location consulting.
AngelouEconomics is a leading economic development consultancy in the US. The firm has an impressive list of clients in both the private and public sector, having conducted over 400 economic development strategies for its clients and the location of nearly $18 billion in capital investments projects throughout the world. Much of this capital investment has taken place in Texas and more than 40 Texas cities/regions have retained AngelouEconomics for their economic development strategies.
Gerald Geistweidt is an attorney in private practice, and is admitted to practice law before the Texas Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and U.S. Tax Court. He is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Mr. Geistweidt served in the U.S. Army and is a recipient of the U.S. Army Commendation Medal. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1979 and served until 1989. Mr. Geistweidt received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law.
Judge Faith Johnson was appointed to the Oversight Committee by Governor Rick Perry May 6, 2009. Judge Johnson is recognized as a trailblazer in the legal field and brings that experience to her service on the Oversight Committee. In 1989, Judge Johnson became the first African-American woman to be appointed to the position of State Criminal District Court Judge in Texas. Prior to her appointment, she was the first African-American woman to attain the highly regarded status of Chief Felony Prosecutor in the Dallas County District Attorney's Office.
Charles W. Tate was appointed to the Oversight Committee by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst on June 20, 2008. Mr. Tate serves on the executive committee of the Oversight Committee, as well as chairing the Economic Development and Commercialization subcommittee. His lifelong venture capital experience informs much of the work that he does with CPRIT to establish and promote commercialization initiatives. Mr. Tate is the chairman and founder of Capital Royalty, LP., a private equity firm targeting investments in the healthcare industry.
Mark Watson, Jr.
Mark E. Watson, Jr. is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame with a degree in finance.
In 1983, he organized a specialty insurance company, Titan Holdings, Inc., which became a member of the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Watson owned and operated the Diamond K Ranch, located near Sisterdale, Texas. Mr. Watson served 6 years as a member of The Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission.
General Abbott serves as one of the statutorily-designated members of the Oversight Committee. He was reelected as the 50th Attorney General of Texas in November 2010. Prior to his election as attorney general, Greg Abbott served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and as a State District Judge in Harris County. As the state's chief law enforcement official, Attorney General Abbott has made protecting families and values the focus of his administration. Shortly after taking office, Attorney General Abbott established a Cyber Crimes Unit to arrest criminals who use the Internet to prey upon children; a Fugitive Unit to arrest convicted sex offenders who violate their parole; and an expanded Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to crack down on elder abuse and waste of taxpayer dollars.
Susan Combs serves as one of the statutorily-designated members of the Oversight Committee. She was elected Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in November 2006 and re-elected in 2010. She immediately set an innovative course of action to transform state government and prepare Texas for the future beginning her first day in office on Jan. 1, 2007. As Comptroller, Ms. Combs is the state’s chief financial officer. She manages the state’s treasury operations to monitor Texas’ fiscal health, guides legislative decision makers by estimating state revenues and ensures state taxes are collected fairly and efficiently to fund vital programs and services for the people of Texas. Ms. Combs is committed to ensuring that government works as efficiently as possible.
Senior Advisor to CPRIT Executive Director and CPRIT Oversight Committee
Mr. Hamilton is a private consultant in state tax matters, policy research, management and government business strategy. He will serve in this capacity as Senior Advisor to the CPRIT Oversight Committee and Executive Director. Clients include AT&T, H.E.B. Grocery Stores, the Texas Association of Staffing, the Texas Hospitality Association, Creative Casinos, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, the Texas Hospitality Association, Texas A&M University System and the Energy Foundation. He writes a regular column on state tax issues for the publication State Tax Notes. He is currently serving as Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration with the Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority.