McKinney is a former chief of staff to Gov. Rick Perry, who appointed him to his current position as the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston's senior executive vice president and chief operating officer.
McKinney is the sole finalist to replace Robert McTeer, who three months ago announced his plans to retire at year's end. A final vote on McKinney's hiring is scheduled for later this month.
McKinney is the father of Houston Texans' offensive lineman Steve McKinney and Miami Dolphins' offensive lineman Seth McKinney. Both played college football at Texas A&M.
A physician, McKinney represented Leon, Madison, Grimes, Houston and Montgomery counties in the Texas House of Representatives from 1984-1991.
McKinney holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston and a medical degree from the UT Medical Branch in Galveston.