Admiral William H. McRaven

  • U.S. Navy, ret.

Admiral McRaven is a retired U.S. Navy Four-Star admiral and the former Chancellor of the University of Texas System.  During his time in the military, he commanded special operations forces at every level, eventually taking charge of the U.S. Special Operations Command.  His career included combat during Desert Storm and both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. As the Chancellor of the UT System he led one of the nation’s largest and most respected systems of higher education. As the chief executive officer of the UT System, Admiral McRaven oversaw 14 institutions that educated 220,000 students and employed 20,000 faculty and more than 80,000 health care professionals, researchers, and staff. Admiral McRaven is a recognized national authority on U.S. foreign policy and has advised Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and other U.S. leaders on defense issues.  He currently serves on the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the National Football Foundation. Admiral McRaven graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1977 with a degree in Journalism, and received his master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey in 1991.