McRaven, William | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Education
  • Master’s, Naval Postgraduate School
  • B.A., Journalism, The University of Texas
Teaching Areas
  • Intelligence and National Security
  • Leadership

William McRaven, former University of Texas System chancellor and retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral, joined the school as a professor in national security in 2018. As chancellor, he oversaw 14 institutions that educate 221,000 students and employ 20,000 faculty and more than 80,000 health care professionals, researchers and staff. As the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Adm. McRaven led a force of 69,000 men and women and was responsible for conducting counter-terrorism operations worldwide. He is a recognized national authority on U.S. foreign policy and has advised presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and other U.S. leaders on defense issues.

Adm. McRaven oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. His book Spec Ops: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice, published in several languages, is considered a fundamental text on special operations strategy. He has received the Republic of France's Legion d'Honneur, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association's National Award and the National Intelligence Award. In 2016, he was named the recipient of the Ambassador Richard M. Helms Award by the Central Intelligence Agency Officers Memorial Foundation.

Listen to Adm. McRaven with LBJ School Dean Angela Evans on the "Policy on Purpose" podcast in September 2018.

Media Expertise
  • National Security
  • International Security
  • Intelligence
  • Military affairs
  • Leadership

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May 5, 2021
LBJ Authors: Admiral William McRaven and 'The Hero Code'

Retired Navy admiral and LBJ School professor of national security William McRaven gives tribute to the real, everyday heroes he's met over the years, from battlefields to hospitals to college campuses, who are doing their part to save the world in his newly released book, "The Hero Code: Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived."

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Media MentionApril 12, 2021
Retired Navy admiral explores tragedy and forgiveness in latest book, 'Hero Code'

William McRaven, a former head of U.S. Special Operations Command, in a new book describes the “most gut-wrenching tragedy” he faced during his military career and the important lesson he learned from it.

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Media MentionOctober 19, 2020
Biden will make America lead again

Adm. William McRaven endorses Joe Biden: "Truth be told, I am a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, small-government, strong-defense and a national-anthem-standing conservative. But, I also believe that black lives matter, that the Dreamers deserve a path to citizenship, that diversity and inclusion are essential to our national success, that education is the great equalizer, that climate change is real and that the First Amendment is the cornerstone of our democracy. Most important, I believe that America must lead in the world with courage, conviction and a sense of honor and humility."

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