Scott Royal

President & Chief Executive Officer


Scott Royal, PhD, serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Westat. He joined Westat in November 2017 as President, was elected to the Board of Directors in May 2018, and became CEO in 2020.

Royal has a strong background in public health research, with a focus on HIV prevention and its impact on disadvantaged communities. Throughout his career, he has conducted a range of research on HIV, led large epidemiologic projects, and built up public health and epidemiologic practice capacities. Over the years, he has transitioned from frontline research to corporate leadership, where he excels in bringing talented people together and enhancing how they perform on all dimensions of research work.

Royal has also served the community at large on the Board of Directors for Metro Teen AIDS in Washington, DC, and Capital Caring (Hospice) in Falls Church, Virginia. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health and the Beebe Medical Foundation Board in Lewes, Delaware.


  • PhD, Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University
  • MPH, Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University
  • BA, Furman University


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