TAMPA — Navy Admiral William McRaven, who is retiring as leader of the U.S. Special Forces Command at MacDill Air Force Base, is a top contender to become chancellor of the University of Texas System, the Dallas Morning News reported, citing anonymous sources.
Regents in Austin have called a special meeting for Tuesday, when they could announce a new chancellor.
The newspaper reported that top picks appear to be Richard Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and McRaven, who is widely credited with planning the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
The 15-branch University of Texas system has more than 200,000 students and 87,000 staff members. Current Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, a pediatric transplant surgeon from San Antonio, Texas, has served in the position since 2009 and resigned in February, the Dallas Morning News reported.
McRaven grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and received a journalism degree from the Texas university. Earlier this year, he was the university's commencement speaker.
A change-of-command ceremony for the leadership of SOCom has been set for Aug. 28, when Army Gen. Joseph Votel will officially take charge.