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Admiral McRaven Set to Become UT Chancellor

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The UT Board of Regents is set to announce a new Chancellor for the UT System and all signs point to Admiral William H. McRaven

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Admiral William McRaven - UT grad and  current commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, is expected to be named the new UT Systems Chancellor Tuesday night.

Current Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announced his intention to resign last February. The Chancellor has been right in the middle of the ongoing controversy involving the Governor, the Board of Regents and UT-Austin President William Powers.

The Board of Regents will hold a special meeting via teleconference Tuesday where McRaven, famous for coordinating the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, is expected to be named Chancellor.

Richard Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, has also been under consideration for the chancellor post.

Gov. Rick Perry wanted Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek for the job, but he was not among the finalists.

Admiral McRaven breaks the mold for UT Chancellors, since typically someone with a political background has held the job. However, McRaven's military background should help him traverse the political mine field that the office has been dealing with for the last year.

In case you have been living in a cave and haven't heard about McRaven or you aren't one of the over 2 million people who have watched his commencement speech to the University of Texas Graduating class of 2014 - enjoy.

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