CPRIT is governed by 9 dedicated Texans who together comprise the Oversight Committee. Oversight Committee members are appointed by the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House to serve staggered terms. 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:

  

  

Will Montgomery

Presiding Officer
  • Hometown: Dallas
  • Term: November 20, 2013 - January 31, 2023 (Reappointed February 10, 2017)
  • Appointed by: Speaker

Mr. Montgomery is a partner at Jackson Walker LLP, where his practice focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration.  He is experienced in all aspects of litigation, including jury and non-jury trials, arbitration, mediation.

In recent comments, he expressed a personal stake in helping to steer CPRIT toward success in championing treatments and cures for cancer: “Cancer is a scourge that has touched families throughout Texas, including my own”, Montgomery told D Healthcare Daily. “My father was a cancer researcher, ironically contracting cancer late in his life. My brother recently died of cancer. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the state and to help accomplish CPRIT’s mission to educate, prevent and discover causes and possible cures for cancer.”

Mr. Montgomery was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1984.

Mr. Montgomery received his B.A. and his M.A. degrees from Stanford University. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Chicago. 

Donald "Dee" Margo

Assistant Presiding Officer
  • Hometown: El Paso
  • Term: May 30, 2015 - January 31, 2021
  • Appointed by: Governor

Donald R. "Dee" Margo was elected as the 51st Mayor of El Paso in June 2017 and is the owner of Margo Partners, Inc. Prior to that, Margo worked at the John D. Williams Company for more than 30 years. He worked his way up through the ranks to become the chairman and CEO of the company before the business later sold in 2012 to HUB International, one of the largest brokerage firms in the world. Margo was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010 and served on the Appropriations Committee and the Land and Resource Management Committee. He has been a strong leader in growing and diversifying El Paso's economy as an active member of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, the El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation, and the Paso Del Norte Group. Margo also helped found the Border Fund, a non-profit foundation providing more than $26 million in charitable grants to local volunteer groups; and Operation Noel, which provides more than 20,000 coats for needy El Paso children, from toddlers to teenagers, each Christmas. As a current member of the World Presidents Organization and past member of the Young Presidents Organization, Margo has been honored as an exemplary role model in business ethics. Margo attended Vanderbilt University on a football scholarship where he received a bachelor's degree in history and economics.

Mahendra C. Patel, M.D.

Secretary
  • Hometown: San Antonio
  • Term: September 15, 2017 - January 31, 2021
  • Appointed by: Speaker

Dr. Mahendra C. Patel is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist in San Antonio. He has an extensive record of leadership in the San Antonio medical community, including his time as the Medical Board Chair at Methodist Healthcare System and as the Chief of Staff at Methodist Children’s Hospital. While at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, he was instrumental in developing the division of pediatric neuro-oncology as a principal investigator on numerous phase one/two clinical trials researching brain tumors in pediatric patients.

“We are working to eradicate cancer on multiple fronts from prevention, early detection, to curing cancer using innovative multi-modal systems and also to cure cancer with a continuum of medical and non-medical interventions,” Dr. Patel said. “I look forward to working with the members of the CPRIT Oversight Committee and above all to serving the people of Texas as we continue the fight against cancer.”

Angelos Angelou

  • Hometown: Austin
  • Term: September 26, 2013 - January 31, 2019
  • Appointed by: Governor

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.

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David A. Cummings, M.D.

  • Hometown: San Angelo
  • Term: August 27, 2018 - January 31, 2023
  • Appointed by: Governor

David A. Cummings, M.D. is a practicing medical oncologist in San Angelo, TX. He is the co-medical director of the Shannon Oncology Center at Shannon Health Systems of San Angelo. He is Board Certified in Medical Oncology by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). He is a member of the Texas Medical Association and past president of the Concho Valley County Medical Society. Dr. Cummings is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncologist (ASCO) and the American Society of Hematology (ASH). His community involvements include appointment to the City of San Angelo Development Corporation (COSADC), the immediate past president of the board of the San Angelo Symphony and past president of the Texas Southwest Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Dr. Cummings received his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine, and completed residency and fellowship training at Scott & White/Texas A&M Health Sciences Center.

William Rice, M.D.

  • Hometown: Austin
  • Term: November 14, 2017 - January 31, 2019
  • Appointed by: Speaker

William Rice, MD is senior vice president of clinical innovation for St. David’s Healthcare, and the Central and West Texas Division of the Hospital Corporation of America.  In this role, Dr. Rice supports a portfolio of clinical initiatives focused on quality and safety, informatics initiatives focused on usability, variation, advanced analytics and modeling, and works to support a formalized innovation program across the 10,000-employee health system infrastructure.  St. David’s Healthcare has been recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award — the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence in organizations.

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Craig Rosenfeld, M.D.

  • Hometown: Dallas
  • Term: September 26, 2013 - January 31, 2017
  • Appointed by: Lieutenant Governor

Dr. Craig S. Rosenfeld is well-known in the field of biotechnology and oncology after a distinguished career as a physician, advocate and entrepreneur. At nearly every turn, Rosenfeld has led essential cancer-fighting initiatives ranging from direct patient care and teaching medical students to directing bone marrow transplant facilities and founding biotechnology startups. He currently serves as CEO at Collaborative Medical Development, a firm pursuing therapies for neurogenerative and psychiatric diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's & ALS. Rosenfeld is a member of numerous medical organizations including the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the New York Academy of Science. He was also highly involved in the Texas Israel Chamber of Commerce, having previously served on the Chamber's Board of Directors.