People Watch: UT System names Heather Wilson next president of University of Texas at El Paso


Heather Wilson, a former member of Congress and the secretary of the Air Force, has been selected by The University of Texas System Board of Regents to lead the University of Texas at El Paso. Her nomination has generated backlash over her anti-LGBTQ voting record. Read more.

In other people news:

Chris Larsen, founder of cryptocurrency company Ripple, and his wife, Lyna Lam, announced plans to donate $50 million to 17 universities around the world to further the study of digital finances. Read more.

The view from the president’s office at Rose State College in Oklahoma is a big dirt hole, and Jeanie Webb couldn’t be happier. That hole represents a new student union, which is expected to be completed in fall 2020 when on-campus housing for an additional 114 students will also open up. Read more.


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