Chancellor Milliken giving a speech, with text on image: Chancellor's Council Executive Committee

Chancellor's Council Executive Committee

The Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee (CCEC) serves as a strategic advisory group for the UT System Chancellor. Founded almost 60 years ago, the CCEC includes supporters who represent the System’s 14 academic and health institutions.
 
Members and their spouses or guests convene for two meetings annually, in addition to a variety of virtual conversations on critical and timely issues that bring together UT’s top experts together.

The CCEC Winter Meeting, typically hosted on one of the UT campuses, allows members to get to know the select university in a much bigger way, and includes a deep dive into the university’s academic and research missions and work.  
 
The Fall Meeting, usually held in an area outside of Austin and Texas, fosters direct dialogue on critical state and national issues among members, the Chancellor, and other university leaders, showcasing UT institutions’ presence and impact on a national scale.

 


 

Recap of the CCEC Winter Meeting in El Paso

 

Since President Heather Wilson arrived at the University of Texas at El Paso in 2019, the university has experienced a remarkable surge forward. Already classified as Carnegie R1, UTEP's research funding hit a record high of $139.6 million in fiscal year 2023, and its emphasis on student access and success helped the university earn the top spot for social mobility among Texas universities in The Wall Street Journal’s annual college rankings.

 

 
     
CCEC members enjoyed a campus tour highlighting UTEP's Bhutanese-inspired architecture, including a stop at the beautiful Lhakhang.   UTEP President Heather Wilson presents an institutional overview to more than 200 members and guests during the opening session at UTEP’s Undergraduate Learning Center on Feb. 9.

 

 

More than 200 CCEC members gained behind-the-scenes access to UTEP's success story on the border. President Wilson, UTEP faculty and local business and education leaders led captivating sessions delving into the university’s research advancements in fields such as cross-border trade and commerce, aerospace engineering, advanced 3D manufacturing and addressing Hispanic health disparities.   

 

 

Chancellor Milliken hosted a conversation with custom bootmaker Nevena Christi of El Paso's Rocketbuster Boots on Feb. 9.
  CCEC Chair Linda L. Addison addresses the gathering during the opening session on Feb. 9.

 

 

The event showcased UTEP's nationally recognized initiatives for student success, including a powerful session in which five exceptional students shared their transformative experiences on campus, sparking an interactive Q&A exchange with members. Wilson also paid homage to the university’s rich history with a tribute to the Miners’ historic 1966 NCAA men’s basketball championship, a seminal moment in the desegregation of collegiate athletics in the South.

 

 
     
Chancellor Milliken and Chair Addison welcome new members, from left: Nancy Seliger, Sean Jez, Alba Ortiz, Lois Folger and April Ancira at the El Paso Museum of Art on Feb. 9.   Chancellor Milliken, with UTEP President Heather Wilson, gives the Picks Up! hand symbol with UTEP students, from left, Ashley Delgado, Alexa Carranco, Kyle Jacquez, Carla Sarinana and Max Rothblatt following an enlightening discussion with Dr. Wilson at the El Paso Muesum of Art on Feb. 10.

 

Members also experienced El Paso’s unique local culture with a guided tour of UTEP's beautiful Bhutanese-style campus architecture and a dinner discussion between Chancellor Milliken and Nevena Christi, a world-renowned bootmaker, highlighting El Paso's legacy as the boot capital of the world.