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University of Texas regents name James Milliken as chancellor

August 27, 2018

AUSTIN — University of Texas System regents confirmed the hiring of James Milliken as chancellor of the state’s largest network of universities Monday afternoon.

The final appointment comes after the former chancellor of the City University of New York was named the lone finalist earlier this month to lead the network of universities, which educates more than 230,000 students, earlier this month.

Milliken, a lawyer by training, has worked in higher education for decades. Milliken led the CUNY system from 2014 to 2018 and previously served as the University of Nebraska president. Eight months prior to his resignation at CUNY, Milliken announced he had throat cancer, and he cited “additional health challenges” when he resigned.

He has assured the UT regents that he has “a clean bill of health,” a spokeswoman for the system previously said.

Milliken, an experienced educator, will replace former Chancellor William McRaven whose tenure was marred by tension with state lawmakers, including Gov. Greg Abbott.

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