Chancellor Search

Position Specification

The University of Texas System Board of Regents announces a nationwide search to recruit the next Chancellor of the System. Candidates should be of strong character, possess excellent judgment, and have demonstrated the ability to lead and inspire an executive team necessary to operate a complex entity at the best-in-class level and to provide the data necessary for the Board of Regents to perform its governance responsibilities. The ideal candidate will have shown that he or she is a respected, humble leader, able to translate past experience into the role of a public servant and servant leader. The successful candidate must be able to identify the directions, projects, and initiatives needed in support of the advancement of each of the fourteen U. T. institutions to the next level. The desired candidate must be able to build consensus around aspirational goals through discussions with the Board and institutional presidents and to implement the detailed steps required to achieve goals within an optimal timeframe, while providing appropriate attention to real-time financial controls and performance measures, oversight, and compliance.

As the Chief Executive Officer of the System, the Chancellor reports directly to the Board of Regents and is responsible for executing the policies and procedures of the Board. The Chancellor provides administrative leadership to U. T. System Administration and to the presidents of the U. T. System’s fourteen institutions. The Chancellor serves as one of the state's and nation’s senior advocates for higher education and interacts extensively with elected officials; the business, educational, philanthropic, and professional communities; media; and the general public. Currently reporting directly to the Chancellor are a Deputy Chancellor; Executive Vice Chancellors for Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, and Health Affairs; Vice Chancellor and General Counsel; Vice Chancellor and Chief Governmental Relations Officer; Vice Chancellors for External Relations and Strategic Initiatives; and the Systemwide Chief Compliance and Risk Officer.

The University of Texas System is currently composed of 8 academic institutions and 6 health institutions and includes 6 medical schools, 2 dental schools, and 8 nursing schools, among other professional programs.

First authorized by the State Constitution in 1876, The University of Texas System is currently composed of 8 academic institutions (Arlington, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Permian Basin, Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, and Tyler) and 6 health institutions (Dallas, Galveston, Houston, San Antonio, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and Tyler) and includes 6 medical schools, 2 dental schools, and 8 nursing schools, among other professional programs. The System enrolls more than 213,000 students, employs 105,000 individuals, and has an annual operating budget of $18.3 billion. The System also oversees a $43 billion investment portfolio.

The University of Texas System faculty members, researchers, and clinicians are consistently honored by their peers, professional associations and academies, and other organizations for contributions to their fields. Honors and distinctions among the System's internationally distinguished faculty include: 7 Nobel laureates, 1 Shaw laureate, 1 Abel Prize, 1 Japan Prize, 2 Pulitzer Prize recipients, 43 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 56 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 60 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 35 members of the American Law Institute, 57 members of the American Academy of Nursing, and 46 members of the Institute of Medicine.

The U. T. System confers more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees and educates over half of the state’s healthcare professionals. It has the second highest research expenditures among U.S. public higher education systems, and the U. T. System accounts for almost 70% of all research funds awarded to public institutions in Texas.

U. T. institution-owned or affiliated teaching hospitals accommodate more than 7.4 million outpatient visits and 1.4 million hospital days annually. Additionally, the U. T. System is home to three of the nation’s 69 National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers: U. T. M. D. Anderson, U. T. Southwestern, and U. T. Health Science Center at San Antonio. M. D. Anderson is also the nation’s top-ranked cancer hospital by U.S. News and World Report.

The Permanent University Fund (PUF) is one of the largest university endowments in the United States and benefits more than twenty educational and health institutions across both The University of Texas System and Texas A&M University System. University Lands manages the surface and mineral interests of 2.1 million acres of land across nineteen counties in West Texas for the benefit of the PUF. Those 2.1 million acres produce two income streams:

  • Mineral income, primarily from oil and gas bonuses, rentals, and royalties, and
  • Surface income, which includes income from grazing leases, easements, wind and solar power generation, and a commercial vineyard and winery.
The U. T. System confers more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees and educates over half of the state’s healthcare professionals.

Applications and nominations may be sent through the confidential form below or directly to UTChancellor@russellreynolds.com. Texas law makes the identities of individuals nominated or applying for the position of Chancellor, as the head of a state agency, confidential by law. Review of candidate files will begin immediately and will continue until the new Chancellor is selected.

Chancellor Search Advisory Committee

  • Sara Martinez Tucker, Chairman, U. T. System Board of Regents
  • Jeffery Hildebrand, Vice Chairman, U. T. System Board of Regents
  • Paul Foster, Vice Chairman, U. T. System Board of Regents
  • Donald Evans, Former Chairman, U. T. System Board of Regents
  • James Huffines, Former Chairman, U. T. System Board of Regents