Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick and Commissioners Ryan Sitton and Wayne Christian unanimously voted Tuesday, April 10, to appoint Wei Wang to serve as executive director of the Commission, effective immediately, a news release said.
Wang has served as interim executive director since Oct. 16, 2017. He joined the Commission in 2013 as chief auditor before being appointed CFO.
“Serving in an interim capacity, Wei has proven himself an outstanding leader who is highly respected by Commission staff,” Sitton said in the release. “As our Chief Financial Officer, Wei brought fiscal discipline to the agency, and as executive director he will bring that same focus and attention to detail to every aspect of what we do here every day for the people of Texas.”
Wang began his career in state government with the State Auditor’s Office, and before joining RRC Wang served as an advisor in the governor’s office, the release said. He established the Governor’s Compliance Division in 2011 and served as its inaugural director until joining the RRC.
“I am deeply honored and humbled by the confidence the Commissioners have shown in selecting me to lead such an incredible team of public servants at the Railroad Commission,” Wang said in the release. “I am always mindful of our enormous responsibility to the people of Texas. I look forward to working with the Commissioners to implement their vision ensuring public safety and maintaining a fair, stable regulatory environment for the energy industry.”
Wang holds a Master’s in administration studies and a Master’s in computer science from Boston University. According to the release, he is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Information System Auditor, as well as a graduate of the Governor’s Executive Development Program and Texas Fiscal Officer Academy.