William Roper, the former head of HCFA, before it became the CMS, and of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been named chief executive officer of the University of North Carolina Health Care System, Chapel Hill, effective March 15. The university's board of governors chose Roper to replace Jeffrey Houpt, who is retiring. Roper will give up his duties as dean of the UNC School of Public Health but will add two new academic titles, dean of the school of medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs. Roper, 55, is a pediatrician by training and worked in local and state public health jobs in his native Alabama before he started a series of Washington jobs in 1983. Roper was HCFA administrator from May 1986 to February 1989. He worked in the White House before and after his HCFA tenure and headed the CDC in the early 1990s. -- by Vince Galloro
N.C. academic system picks ex-HCFA chief as CEO
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