University of Texas System regents have picked a top U.S. military special operations leader as the finalist for the job of chancellor to oversee 15 campuses.
Regents picked Navy Adm. William McRaven, head of U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday. McRaven has been credited with spearheading the operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden in a raid in 2011.
It will be 21 days before McRaven can be formally hired. He would replace Francisco Cigarroa, the first Hispanic person to serve as Texas system chancellor. Cigarroa is stepping down after five years.
McRaven inherits a job that must strike a balance between regents and state lawmakers who have clashed over recent attempts to force out the popular president of the flagship Austin campus.