Texas cancer agency appoints 2 top officials

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm •  Published: December 21, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' troubled $3 billion cancer-fighting agency has appointed an interim executive director and a senior advisor in hopes of restoring public confidence.

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas on Friday named Wayne Roberts as interim executive director. He's a member of the State Pension Review Board, which oversees all Texas public retirement systems.

Former Texas Deputy Comptroller Billy Hamilton was named senior advisor to the executive director and oversight committee.

The oversight committee's chairman, Jimmy Mansour, says the appointments should help improve the institute's management and restore public confidence.

Prosecutors are investigating the beleaguered agency over its latest and most serious blunder: giving a private biomedical startup $11 million in 2010 while bypassing an independent review.

Three top agency executives have resigned in the past eight months.