Meet the staff

William Shute, Executive Director

Bill Shute is an executive management professional and government relations expert who has spent his professional career working in the federal policy arena and his entire personal life in federal politics. Shute was vice chancellor for federal relations with The University of Texas System from September 2001 to May 2019. In his role as vice chancellor, Shute was responsible for all UT System and campus activities in Washington, DC and managed a staff of 14 System employees. Under his supervision, the Office of Federal Relations was charged with facilitating and enhancing the federal research and development portfolio of the UT System, reviewing and advocating federal policy, and overseeing a multicampus undergraduate and graduate fellowship program. Shute holds a B.A. with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, a J.D. from the University of Houston, and is a member of the State Bar of Texas. 

Robin Presta Boone, Associate Director

Headshot: Robin Presta BooneRobin Presta Boone (she/her) works in designing, implementing and evaluating all aspects of the LBJ Washington Center's graduate school and public policy center programs. Previously, she spent 11 years with the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, where she developed and managed international scholarly exchange and research fellowship programs for U.S. and foreign students and scholars; assisted scholars with the establishment of new overseas research centers; and partnered with the executive director on legislative advocacy and constituency activities. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, with an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.