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

Newsworthy

NewsJune 9, 2020
LBJ faculty lauded for achievements during 2019–20 academic year

While this past academic year saw some remarkable changes in the academic process, the continued excellence of LBJ School faculty remained constant. Here is a collection of the recognition that LBJ faculty garnered in 2019–20.

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Media MentionJune 5, 2020
Clearing of peaceful protesters not morally right, says Adm. McRaven

Retired U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven weighs in on military leaders becoming increasingly vocal against the president and the president's clearing of Lafayette Square for a photo op, which Adm. McRaven says was not morally right.

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Media MentionMay 29, 2020
War hero McRaven tells MIT grads they're the 'real heroes'

William McRaven, the retired U.S. Navy admiral who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, told members of MIT's graduating class Friday that they are the “real heroes” who will save the world from pandemics, war, climate change, poverty and racism.

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