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McCall named sole finalist for Chancellor of the Texas State University System
Dr. Brian McCall has been the voice of many Plano residents during his two decades worth of service in the Texas Legislature. He is now taking that public servant experience to the halls of academia.
On Friday, March 26, the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System named McCall as the sole finalist for the position of chancellor of the seven-institution, 99-year-old system.
McCall said he believes this will be a good chance to continue his work in higher education, something he said that has been a focus of his while in office.
When he found out he was the sole finalist he said he felt “just gratitude. I am looking forward to the next challenge in life.”
By law, a university board of regents may not take a vote on the employment of an applicant for chief executive officer of a university before 21 days after giving public notice of the name of the finalist considered. McCall said this is a formality of a distinguished school system, and he looks forward to getting to work.
McCall has been president of the Dallas-based Westminster Capital Corporation since 2000 and a member of the Texas House of Representatives since 1991 where he has held several key posts, including chairman of the Committee on Calendars, member of the Committee on Higher Education, and member of the Legislative Budget Board.
“It is a continuation of my focus on higher education,” McCall said. “I am a public servant and wanted to continue being a public servant. Essentially the chancellor is the CEO of the system. It is through the chancellor and the regents the vision of the university is created.”
He holds a bachelor of arts from Baylor University, a master of liberal arts from Southern Methodist University, and a doctor of philosophy in the humanities, aesthetics from the University of Texas-Dallas. Additionally, he was a visiting post-graduate student in international politics at Oxford University in Oxford, England.
“We are honored by Dr. McCall’s interest in leading the Texas State University System as it enters its centennial year; he is a man of great accomplishment,” said Ron Blatchley, chairman of the board of regents.
McCall is active in business and civic activities in Dallas, serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas-Dallas; as a member of bank and corporate boards; and as founder and chair of The Empowerment Project Inc., a nonprofit organization that has sent more than $10 million worth of math and science textbooks to needy students in the Republic of South Africa and raised more than $350,000 for children’s health initiatives in North Texas.