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Press Release
July 29, 2014
Contact: Jennifer Saenz
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Senator Hinojosa Welcomes Admiral William H. McRaven

AUSTIN — Today, The University of Texas System Board of Regents announced Admiral William H. McRaven as the sole candidate to be Chancellor of The University of Texas System.

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa issued the following statement:

"I am pleased with the selection of Admiral William H. McRaven by the UT Board of Regents as the sole candidate to be Chancellor of The University of Texas System. His outstanding and distinguished military career as a Navy Seal and lifetime service to his communities and nation are a testament to his leadership abilities, dedication and professional achievement.

We look forward to working with Admiral McRaven, specifically with the challenges and tremendous opportunities that await South Texas with the creation of a new university and medical school. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, in its infancy, will need strong and effective leadership to move us forward to achieve endless educational and healthcare benefits for our families that UTRGV envisions. I am confident in Admiral McRaven's abilities to lead the UT System and we will do whatever we can to help him succeed. I got your six!"

Admiral McRaven was selected as the result of an extensive nationwide search conducted by the UT System. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree from the Navy Postgraduate School. McRaven is currently the Commander of the United States Special Operations Command and is best known for coordinating the successful operation to kill Osama bin Laden.