Wesley G. Byerly, Pharm.D. is the Systemwide Compliance Officer, ad interim, for University of Texas System. His responsibilities include developing, implementing, and overseeing a comprehensive research compliance program in the areas of sponsored programs, protection of human and animal research subjects, research integrity, conflict of interest, biosafety, environmental health and safety, and export controls across the fifteen institutions that comprise the University of Texas System. Dr. Byerly works closely with the Chief Systemwide Compliance Officer as well as the heads of the compliance programs and research administrative units at each of the University of Texas campuses to facilitate and coordinate communication on research-related issues, develop and implement research compliance standards, policies and procedures, assist with education and training, ensure mechanisms are in place to monitor and enforce research compliance standards, and to collaborate on investigations of non-compliance.
Dr. Byerly has previously held research administrative positions as the Director for the Office of Clinical Trials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel, Associate Dean for Research Support for Duke University School of Medicine, and Executive Director for Research Regulatory Affairs at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in 1980 and Pharm.D. degree in 1986, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is certified in Heath Care Research Compliance through the Health Care Compliance Association and maintains an active pharmacy license. He has held academic appointments at Duke University School of Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy, and Rutgers University School of Pharmacy. Prior to his career in research administration he has been Director of Drug Information at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and Director of Pharmacy Management for QualChoice of North Carolina.
David Givens began his work at the UT System in 2005 and is the Systemwide Compliance Manager providing guidance and direction to the compliance programs at the nine academic and six healthcare institutions.
Prior to joining UT System, Mr. Givens held various finance management and controller positions for 15 years at Dell, Intel and AMR (parent of American Airlines). His responsibilities included serving as controller accountable for all financial aspects of the vendor funding program which had revenue in excess of $100 million annually, and supporting the worldwide corporate capital acquisitions operations team in purchasing fabrication capital equipment in excess of $2 billion annually.
Mr. Givens graduated with a B.B.A. and M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional.
Lewis Watkins is Chief Information Security Officer for The University of Texas System. He is responsible for implementation and coordination of an information security compliance program spanning the System's nine academic and six health institutions, The University of Texas System Administration, and The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO).
Previously, Mr. Watkins served as Director of Information Resources for the University of Texas System Administration. He was responsible for managing the operational components of information technology including user and network support, records and document management, systems development, and IT security. Before this, Mr. Watkins managed IT at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas where he had oversight of all IT operations and applications development and where he implemented the agency’s first information security program. Earlier he held various student support, research, and technical positions at UT Austin in the School of Business, School of Education, General Libraries, and Information Technology Services. Mr. Watkins has extensive experience in the development of large automated applications including library automation, student registration, insurance enrollment, annuity payroll, and investments.
Before entering the field of information technology, Mr. Watkins taught adult continuing education classes for six years at Anchorage Community College, Anchorage, Alaska. He is author of three math workbooks. Mr. Watkins holds a BS in Education from The University of Texas at Austin and a MEd from the University of Alaska. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).