Dr. William Roper

Dr. William L. Roper

Interim President, University of North Carolina System, Former Chief Executive Officer, University of North Carolina ("UNC") Health Care System; Dean, UNC School of Medicine; and Vice Chancellor, Medical Affairs of UNC
Dr. William L. Roper has been one of our directors since May 2001. In January 2019, Dr. Roper became interim president of the University of North Carolina System, North Carolina’s system of public higher education. Prior to that, Dr. Roper was chief executive officer of the University of North Carolina (‘‘UNC’’) Health Care System, dean of the UNC School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs of UNC since March 2004. Dr. Roper has also served on the board of directors of Cigna Corporation, a health services corporation, since December 2018. Dr. Roper also continues to serve as a professor of health policy and administration in the UNC School of Public Health and a professor of pediatrics and of social medicine in the UNC School of Medicine. From 1997 until March 2004, he was dean of the UNC School of Public Health. Before joining UNC in 1997, Dr. Roper served as senior vice president of Prudential Health Care. He also served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1990 to 1993, on the senior White House staff in 1989 and 1990 and as the administrator of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from 1986 to 1989. Dr. Roper was a member of and is the immediate past chairman of the board of the National Quality Forum, a non-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of healthcare. From December 2007 to November 2011, Dr. Roper served on the board of Medco Health Solutions, Inc., a pharmacy benefits management company, and from November 2011 until December 2018 served on the board of its successor company, Express Scripts Holding Company.

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