By JIM VERTUNO
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.