William H. McRaven

Chancellor, University of Texas System

William H. McRaven is a retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral and current chancellor of the University of Texas System. As the chief executive officer of one of the nation’s largest systems of higher education, he oversees fourteen institutions that educate 217,000 students and employ 20,000 faculty and more than 70,000 health care professionals, researchers, and staff. Prior to his post leading the UT System, Chancellor McRaven was the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command during which time he led a force of 69,000 men and women and was responsible for conducting counter-terrorism operations worldwide. He has advised presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama as well as other U.S. leaders on defense issues. Chancellor McRaven also spearheaded the creation of the Preservation of the Force & Family initiative to ensure the mental, spiritual, and physical well-being of those who serve, as well as their families. Chancellor McRaven has been recognized for his leadership numerous times by national and international publications and organizations, including the Republic of France’s Legion d’Honneur, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association’s National Award, and the National Intelligence Award. He is based in Austin, TX.