Jay Hartzell

Interim President Jay Hartzell has been named the sole finalist for the university presidency, the University of Texas System Board of Regents announced at a special meeting held via Zoom on Wednesday.


"UT Austin needs strong continuity, stability and innovation from its senior leadership, especially as UT provides education in a variety of in-person and remote ways to 50,000 students," Chairman Kevin Eltife said in a statement after the meeting. "Jay Hartzell has performed admirably since being named interim president. The regents, chancellor and I have received countless votes of confidence in his abilities from faculty, staff, students and the Longhorn nation."

Eltife added that with the upcoming Texas legislative session in 2021, Hartzell will be a leader that understands UT Austin's budgetary needs in academics, research and athletics. Hartzell responded after the meeting concluded.

"Leading The University of Texas as interim president has been an incredible honor, and I am equally honored to be named the sole finalist to lead this great university into the future," Hartzell said. "I look forward to serving my alma mater any way I can as we seek to overcome today's challenges.

Before being named interim president, Hartzell served as the dean to UT Austin's McCombs School of Business.

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