AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas health commissioner, who helped lead the state’s response to the first U.S. case of Ebola, is leaving his post.

Department of State Health Services Commissioner David Lakey is joining the University of Texas System and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

UT announced Wednesday that Lakey will be a senior vice president for population health at UT Health Northeast, and an associate vice chancellor for the system.

Lakey got his most visible test as DSHS head last year, when Liberian Thomas Duncan was confirmed to have Ebola and later died.

Lakey’s departure comes amid questions about a no-bid contract scandal at Health and Human Services that has prompted the resignation of two officials. There was no apparent connection between Lakey’s resignation and the ongoing investigation.

 

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