If there’s a global challenge, there’s a Texas solution. Across the University of Texas System, our 14 institutions are leading the way in addressing the most significant challenges of our generation.

Chancellor's Council members who arrived early were invited to attend pre-symposium sessions.

Discovery Sessions

This Land is Your Land, this Land is My Land

There are 2.1 million acres of land that benefit both The University of Texas System and The Texas A&M University System and, by extension, all Texans. CEO Mark Houser discussed how University Lands will continue to fulfill its mission in perpetuity. 

You can print that?

Imagine you need a dental implant, so your dentist presses the “print” button on his 3D printer. Ryan Wicker, Director of the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation at The University of Texas at El Paso, shared how this kind of  3D printing may have a tremendous impact on the medical and aerospace industries and all aspects of society. 

A Smart Move for UT Basketball

Shaka Smart has brought tremendous energy, excitement and leadership to The University of Texas at Austin Men’s Basketball program. Coach Smart shared the five core values of Texas Basketball and discussed his emphasis on making each of his players the best possible version of themselves.


The Annual Meeting & Symposium

3:30 p.m.

Chancellor William H. McRaven started the program with a State of the System address.

Bob Schieffer, a native Texan and legendary newsman, then interviewed nine luminaries to learn how UT institutions are bridging the economic divide to revive the American Dream, elevating higher education’s role in national security, and reimagining health care delivery and medical education.



Bridging the Economic Divide



Sara Martinez Tucker
Regent, UT System
  & former Under Secretary
U.S. Department of Education
Woody Hunt
Executive Chairman
Hunt Companies, Inc.
Allan Golston
President, United States Program
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The University of Texas System is addressing the economic divide on multiple fronts, helping to ensure that today's youth are eager, ready, and able to seek education beyond high school. What more needs to be done to help people from all walks of life achieve the American Dream?

National Security Takes the Higher (Education) Road

Nicholas "Nick" Rasmussen
National Counterterrorism Center
William Inboden, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Clements Center for
  National Security
UT Austin
William H. McRaven
Chancellor, UT System
  & retired Admiral
U.S. Navy

National security in this era has come to include all threats to the U.S., from cybersecurity and bioterrorism to climate change and nuclear proliferation. More than ever before, academia—and University of Texas institutions in particular—has to play a critical role in meeting these threats.

Health Care That Works

S. Claiborne "Clay" Johnston, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, Dell Medical School
UT Austin
Alexander Vo, Ph.D.
Vice President of Telemedicine &
  Health Services Technology
UT Medical Branch
Carmel Dyer, M.D.
Executive Director
Consortium on Aging

What if the road to real reform is through Texas?

The University of Texas System is launching innovative and powerful initiatives that have the potential to revolutionize medical education and change the way health care is delivered in the 21st century.