Texas Commissioner Recognized for Public Service
On February 25, 2017, during the Mikell and Walsh Province Courts of Honor Induction Ceremony and Reception at the Crescent Club in Dallas, Texas, Knight Commander Darren S. Kay presented Christopher Rhea Traylor (Gamma Chi–Texas Tech ’82) with the Award for Distinguished Public Service for his long service in government of the State of Texas.
The Award for Distinguished Public Service was established by the Executive Council to recognize members of Kappa Alpha Order who have demonstrated public service by serving in local, state or in the federal government.
Following graduation from Texas Tech University, Chris went to Washington, D.C., and worked in Congress for a member of the House and then for Senator Phil Graham. Moving on to Austin, Texas he held important position related to the State Legislature, then moved into the area of health care, serving as a Deputy Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Director of the Texas Medicaid program, Commissioner of the Agency of Ageing and Disability, and then as Commissioner of Texas’ largest agency, Health and Human Services, where he directed more than 35,000 employees. He concluded his public service and currently leads a health care consulting firm, serving clients in managed care, hospital operations, long-term care, dental and oral health and bio-health.
Chris lives in Austin, Texas, with his daughter Betsy, and his son Will was also a KA at Texas Tech. Chris is the nephew of Former Knight Commander Traylor who also nominated him for this honor.