biosketch as of 1991
ROBERT J. CRUIKSHANK of Houston was appointed to a six-year
term on the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System by
Governor William P. Clements in February 1989. He was elected
Vice-Chairman of the Board in March 1991.
last updated April 23, 1991
Mr. Cruikshank joined the international public accounting firm
of Deloitte Haskins & Sells when it merged in 1963 with the
prominent Houston firm Phillips, Sheffield, Hopson, Lewis & Luther,
with which he was associated. He became a Partner in Deloitte
Haskins & Sells in 1968 and Partner-in-Charge of the firm's Houston
office in 1974. He has served on the Board of Directors of
Deloitte Haskins & Sells since 1982.
Mr. Cruikshank was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on
September 12, 1930, the son of Mrs. Salmon Wright and the late
Louis James Cruikshank. He graduated in 1951 from Rice University
with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and then served four years as an
officer in the United States Air Force. He also completed the
Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 1982.
Since qualifying as a Certified Public Accountant in 1959, he
has served on many professional committees, as an officer of the
Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs, and as a member of
the AICPA, the national organization of accounting professionals.
Mr. Cruikshank has also been a visiting lecturer in accounting at
He currently serves as a member and/or office of the governing
boards of a number of community and civic organizations including
the Texas Children's Hospital, the Institute of Religion, the Fish
Foundation, the Museum of Science, the M.D. Anderson Board of
Visitors, Advisory Councils associated with The University of Texas
at Austin and Rice University, Greater Houston Partnership and
others related to the cultural and fine arts programs in the
Mr. Cruikshank also served Governor Clements as Chairman of
the Governor's Task Force on Accounting, Auditing and Financial
Reporting for the State of Texas and Mayor Whitmire of Houston as
Co-Chairman of the Mayor's Task Force on Drug Abuse.
He has been especially active in the Houston, Texas and
American Heart Associations and has received the highest award for
distinguished service from each of these organizations.
Recognizing his professional accomplishments, the Texas Society of
Certified Public Accountants awarded him its Distinguished Public
Mr. Cruikshank has also been the Senior Warden and Treasurer
of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church; Director and Treasurer of
the Houston American Revolution Bicentennial Commission; and
President and Director of the Post Oak YMCA Family Center.
Mr. Cruikshank is married to the former Patty Hansen and has