HHS Executive Commissioner Albert Hawkins to Retire
AUSTIN ― Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Albert Hawkins today officially notified the Governor of his intention to retire.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to have served with so many state leaders and legislators who share a passion for public service," Hawkins said. "It has been an honor."
As commissioner, Hawkins oversees the state's five health and human services agencies, which have combined budgets of $25 billion a year and more than 50,000 employees. Gov. Perry appointed Hawkins to the role in January 2003.
"Albert Hawkins has been a quiet but powerful force in state government for decades," said Gov. Rick Perry. "His budget expertise is renowned, and he has brought compassion and a commitment to quality to every job he's had. We are going to miss his leadership."
Hawkins, who has 35 years of experience in state government, led one of the largest reorganizations in U.S. history after the 2003 Texas Legislature consolidated 12 state agencies into five new agencies under his oversight. The reorganization was completed on time and achieved almost $1 billion in savings with no disruption in services.
Under Hawkins' leadership, Texas: (see if you can guess what's MISSING from his accomplishments.....)
Before his appointment as health and human services executive commissioner, Hawkins served as a senior White House aide to President George W. Bush for two years. From 1995 to 2000, Hawkins was the budget director for the Governor's Office, and he worked at the Texas Legislative Budget Board for 16 years.
Hawkins is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bob Bullock Award for Outstanding Public Stewardship in 2004; Distinguished Alumnus of LBJ School of Public Affairs in 2001; the Texas State Administrator of the Year in 1998; the Whitney M. Young Award from Austin Urban League in 2005; and the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Austin Chapter of Blacks in Government in 2005.
Hawkins earned a bachelor's degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. He received a master's of public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in 1978.
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