UT System set to formally hire McRaven as leader

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Navy Adm. William McRaven is set to be formally hired as chancellor of the University of Texas System.

McRaven is expected to be on hand Thursday when system regents make his appointment official at a board meeting in Austin. He was selected as the lone finalist for the job last month despite having no professional academic experience.

The 58-year-old McRaven heads the U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida. He’s been credited with spearheading the operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden in a raid on his compound in 2011.

Now he will oversee a system with 215,000 students, nine academic campuses and a $14 billion budget.

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McRaven replaces Francisco Cigarroa, who is stepping down after five years.