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Current University of Texas Interim President Jay Hartzell was unanimously voted president by the University of Texas System Board of Regents Wednesday, effective immediately.


The vote comes after he was named the sole finalist for the position last month and serving in the interim position since April.

"In the short time Jay has been interim president, he has led UT Austin with a steady hand and an eye on the future," Board Chairman Kevin P. Eltife said in a press release. "Jay continues to demonstrate that he is a leader who can manage enormous challenges and still maintain a focus on elevating the academic, research and clinical missions of a world-class institution."

Hartzell has a long history with UT, having earned his Ph.D. in 1998 from the university. He went on to become a faculty member in 2001, holding various administrative positions. Before serving as interim president he was the dean of the McCombs School of Business.

"I'm humbled that Chairman Eltife, the members of the UT System Board of Regents and Chancellor Milliken have given me the honor of a lifetime, selecting me to serve as the next President of The University of Texas at Austin," Hartzell said in a press release. "This is a dream come true for me because it means that I get the chance to go to work with students, faculty, staff and alumni and put all my energy into helping Longhorn Nation do what it does best—change the world."


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