12/21/2012 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Austin, Texas – The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas has named two new executives following the resignation of its executive director amid controversy. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Wayne Roberts has been named interim executive director and former state Deputy Comptroller Billy Hamilton has been named senior advisor to the executive director and oversight committee.

In addition to naming the new executives, the agency stated Friday that it had accepted the resignation of former executive director Bill Gimson and provided missing emails to prosecutors related to an improperly awarded grant.

Jimmy Mansour, the oversight committee’s chairman, is quoted by the AP as stating of the agency’s efforts to restore the public’s confidence, “Restoring public confidence in CPRIT is critical, and I believe having two recognized leaders like Wayne and Billy assuming leadership roles will go a long way toward improving the institute’s management and restoring confidence in its operations.”

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