Admiral William H. McRaven named University of Texas chancellor

Also in People Watch: Wayne A. I. Frederick appointed 17th president of Howard University

The governing board of The University of Texas System has selected Admiral William H. McRaven, currently commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, to take over as chancellor in January 2015.

A 1977 graduate of UT Austin’s College of Communication, McRaven is best known for orchestrating the operation that led to the death of Osama Bin Laden, as well as for playing a supporting role in the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003. He will succeed Francisco G. Cigarroa, who has been the UT System’s chancellor since 2009.

Other people news:

  • Wayne A. I. Frederick has been appointed the 17th president of Howard University (D.C.), after having served as the historically black institution’s interim president since Sidney A. Ribeau resigned last fall amid allegations of fiscal mismanagement.
  • Cathy Dove, vice president of Cornell NYC Tech, will become the 10th and first female president of Paul Smith’s College in New York on Sept. 1. She succeeds John W. Mills, who is retiring after 10 years as president.
  • Joseph P. McGinn, currently a dean at Towson University (Md.), has been appointed the University of Maine at Farmington’s new provost, starting this school year.
  • Massachusetts State Rep. John Keenan resigned from office on Aug. 24 to become vice president of administration at Salem State University. The newly created position will oversee Salem State’s administrative operations and the related $24.7 million budget.

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