KVUE — The University of Texas System Board of Regents has named Gregory Fenves as the sole finalist to serve as UT Austin's new president. Fenves, 58, has served as UT Austin's provost and vice president since 2013. He previously served as dean of UT's Cockrell School of Engineering for five years.
Fenves expressed his gratitude to the regents in a statement on Friday. "UT Austin is unmatched in its potential to educate and inspire leaders," Fenves said. "I would be honored to lead this university and work with the Chancellor, Board of Regents and all Longhorns and partners across Texas and the nation."
Under state law, the board must name presidential finalists at least 21 days before formally making an appointment. Over the next three weeks, UT System leaders will be coordinating meetings so that stakeholders can meet with Fenves.
UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven issued the following statement in part on Friday:
We had an extremely impressive slate of candidates to consider and I believe we've made the right choice for UT Austin, its students, faculty and staff. Greg brings a formidable intellect and charismatic and strategic leadership to the position. UT Austin is one of the finest public research universities in the world and it deserves exceptional leadership, vision and an innovative spirit. I have no doubt that Greg brings all those to the table and I am excited to work with him to continue to support and advance the important work taking place at my alma mater.
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