Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame Award was created to recognize people who have made the highest level of contributions that affect the quality of education we provide to students. This could be in the form of service activities, financial donations, and/or extraordinary activities that benefit students or faculty. They may or may not be alumni of the program. Anyone employed by TTU should have been separated from the university for at least five years before they can receive this award. Hall of Fame winners are chosen by a vote of the CoMC full-time faculty and Active NAB members.
Chris Traylor has been involved in public service and virtually every aspect of healthcare and social services for more than a quarter of a century. His experience and expertise put him at the forefront of legislative innovation, reform and regulation and today he is a respected healthcare expert and leader.
Chris served in the top healthcare positions both for both state and federal governments, having been appointed to these roles by by two Texas Governors and the President of the United States. He led both the state's Medicaid program, and the Medicaid program nationally.
Successful at every level of the federal and state government, he retired from public service in 2019 after serving a Presidential appointment as national Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. His lengthy public service career in Texas concluded in 2016 when he retired from his position as Executive Commissioner and CEO of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). HHSC is the largest agency in both budget and employee numbers in the entire state government of Texas and serves over five million Texans annually. Traylor oversaw more than 56,000 employees and a budget of almost $40 billion during his time at HHSC.
Traylor previously served as the Chief Deputy Executive Commissioner of HHSC in Texas and led the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) as Commissioner from 2010 to 2012. During his tenure DADS, the agency implemented broad reforms to improve services for people with physical and intellectual disabilities, and extended community care options for Texans.
His resume includes work as key legislative staffer in both the Texas House and Senate as well as in Washington, D.C., where he worked on staff for different members in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Currently, Traylor owns and leads health care consulting firms, serving clients in multiple states on managed care, hospital operations, long term care, and bio-health.
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