UT regents mum on candidates they plan to interview for chancellor job


University of Texas System regents voted Wednesday to interview candidates for chancellor at a future board meeting but gave no clue as to who those candidates might be. Nor did they say when that meeting would take place.

Sara Martinez Tucker, chairwoman of the regents, declined to tell the American-Statesman how many people might be invited to interview for the job of leading the 14-campus system. The interviews will take place behind closed doors.

“We’re going to interview candidates and get the best person we can to lead the system,” Tucker said. “The good news is we have a wealth of diversity to choose from.”

Larry Faulkner, a former president of UT-Austin, has been serving as interim chancellor since Bill McRaven stepped down at the end of May.

In other action, the UT System Board of Regents:

— Voted to name Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long recipients of the Santa Rita award, the highest honor bestowed by the system. The Austin philanthropists have donated more than $100 million to colleges and universities in Texas, including UT-Austin and the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

— Authorized the Austin flagship to lease space at the Dell Medical School to HEB Grocery Co. LP for operation of a licensed pharmacy.

— Advanced a plan for UT-Austin to lease two parcels owned by Central Health, Travis County’s health care district, for use by the Dell Medical School and other entities with health-related missions.

— Authorized UT-Austin to buy a 16-story residential building at 2400 Nueces St. for $74.8 million from EDR Austin LLC. The property will be used for student housing and the university’s international office.



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