McRaven, William | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • 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, 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. 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, McRaven 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" podcastin September 2018.

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


Media MentionJune 4, 2019
Adm. William McRaven on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden

Adm. William McRaven oversaw the covert special operations team that stormed a compound in Pakistan in 2011 and killed Osama bin Laden. Now, the Navy veteran chronicles his 37-year military career in a new book, "Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations." Adm. McRaven talks to Judy Woodruff about his adventurous spirit, the one thing Navy SEALS must do to survive training and the value of NATO.

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Media MentionMay 31, 2019
Adm. William H. McRaven speaks on Iran and foreign policy

Chance Seales from "The Why" on Newsy sits down with retired U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven to talk about Iran and foreign policy.

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Media MentionMay 31, 2019
Adm. McRaven talks life, Saddam Hussein and millennials

Chance Seales from The Why sits down with retired U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven to talk about his life, the capture of Saddam Hussein and millennials.

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