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    Announcement of the Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship at UTRGV

    May 18, 2016

    Edinburg, TX

    Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.

    Let me start by thanking Guy Bailey for that kind introduction – and even more so, I want to thank and congratulate him and his team for taking on the herculean task of launching a new university, and for completing an absolutely phenomenal first year.

    It is always great to be here in the Rio Grande Valley, one of my favorite places in the world.

    CIA Officers Memorial Foundation Richard M. Helms Award Dinner

    April 14, 2016

    Washington, D.C.

    Thank you very much John. 

    I am truly honored to receive this award tonight.  More importantly, I’m hoping this gala goes a long way toward helping the children of the fallen CIA officers.  It is not only a noble cause; a cause for which we should all be thankful that we can contribute, but with the world in such chaos, it is essential that we recognize the future will be no less secure for those in harm’s way.  We must continue to provide for those who need it the most.  I thank all of you for your support to this incredible cause.

    UTIMCO 20th Anniversary

    March 3, 2016

    Austin, TX

    I appreciate the opportunity to be here today, to help honor and celebrate the phenomenal contribution UTIMCO has made to our state over the last 20 years.

    I want to congratulate, and thank, Bruce and his team, as well as all the investment partners here with us today. 

    I would be remiss not to also recognize all the UTIMCO Board Members, past and present, who are with us today – whose vision and leadership have been instrumental.

    Texas Association of School Administrators Midwinter Conference

    January 27, 2016

    Austin, TX

    I want to thank TASA for inviting me to be here and to share some thoughts with you – and, to all of you who have traveled here from all over the state, welcome to Austin.

    Let me just ask, how many of you graduated from a UT institution?

    I know I speak for everyone associated with the UT System when I say we are tremendously proud that so many school districts around the state have UT Alumni

    Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America Dinner

    November 19, 2015

    Austin, TX

    Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.  Thank you, Justin, for the kind introduction, and of course thank you Capitol Area Council for this wonderful recognition.

    Georgeann and I have been back in Austin now for about a year, and I must say that we are thrilled to be back home in Texas.

    Austin Area Research Organization Annual Retreat

    November 16, 2015

    Austin, TX

    (As prepared)

    Good afternoon.  I appreciate the opportunity to be here, and to share some views with such an esteemed group of Central Texas leaders

    As someone who left Austin three years before AARO was founded – and returned to find a city that had grown tremendously while retaining all the things I loved about it – I want to thank and congratulate you all for helping make that happen. 

    Thank you for helping make our city the envy of the nation in so many ways.

    Chancellor McRaven's vision and "quantum leaps" for the UT System presented to the Board of Regents

    November 5, 2015

    Austin, TX

    Chancellor William H. McRaven’s Remarks to the Board of Regents, Nov. 5, 2015 (As prepared).

    Thank you Chairman Foster.

    Over a year ago, this Board took a gamble and hired me to lead the University of Texas System even though I had no experience in higher education, research or clinical care.

    But I think you hired me because for the previous 37 years I have been leading men and women under some of the most challenging conditions in the world.

    And, for most of the past 14 years, I have run large and exceptionally complex organizations fighting against a very determined global threat.

    What that experience has taught me will—I believe—be of great benefit to the UT System.

    Chancellor Bill McRaven speaking at the FBI Agents Association G-Man Honors

    October 28, 2015

    Washington, D.C.

    The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA), representing more than 13,000 active and retired FBI Special Agents, held its second annual G-Man Honors gala and fundraising event October 28, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The event featured Admiral William McRaven (Ret.), Chancellor of The University of Texas System, who received the FBIAA Distinguished Service Award. 

    Brain Performance Institute Groundbreaking

    October 14, 2015

    Dallas, TX

    Thank you, James, for that generous introduction.  I appreciate your kind words, and even more so I appreciate everything you, and of course Patty – my former classmate at UT Austin – have done for the University of Texas System, the state of Texas, and me personally.

    Texas Municipal League Annual Conference

    September 23, 2015

    San Antonio, TX

    Good morning.  I want to thank President Martinez and the Municipal League for giving me an opportunity to join you today.  I also want to recognize and thank the members of the Legislature that are here today.

    I have said many times in the past nine months that the people of Texas should be extremely proud of their citizen legislators.

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