Texas System Board of Regents chairman praises McRaven

Texas System Board of Regents chairman praises McRaven

By JIM VERTUNO
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents says the board still has great confidence in Chancellor Bill McRaven after a decision to scuttle a controversial expansion in Houston.

In a letter to McRaven on Friday, board Chairman Paul Foster praised McRaven's leadership. McRaven, a retired admiral and former head of U.S. military special operations, is in the final year of a three-year contract.

McRaven has clashed with state lawmakers over a plan to expand into Houston. None of the system's 14 academic campuses are located in the nation's fourth-largest city.

McRaven announced this week he had stopped the Houston project and that the system would sell off land it had already purchased.

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