Retired U.S. Navy Admiral William McRaven



Retired U.S. Navy Four-Star Admiral William McRaven is one of the most decorated and inspiring commanders in the United States.

He has overseen thousand of missions to keep our country and citizens safe, protecting our freedoms and liberties from threats around the world.

During his time in the military, McRaven commanded special operations forces at every level, eventually taking charge of the U.S. Special Operations Command. His career included combat during Desert Storm and both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He commanded the troops that captured Saddam Hussein and rescued cargo ship skipper Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates in 2009. McRaven is also credited with developing the plan and leading the Osama bin Laden mission in 2011.

McRaven is a recognized national authority on U.S. foreign policy and has advised Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and other U.S. leaders on defense issues. He currently serves on the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the National Football Foundation, and the Board of Directors of ConocoPhillips.

As the former chancellor of the University of Texas (UT) System, McRaven led one of the nation’s largest and most respected systems of higher education. As the chief executive officer of the UT System, McRaven also oversaw 14 institutions that educated 220,000 students and employed 20,000 faculty and more than 80,000 health-care professionals, researchers
and staff.

Read more in the 2020 Annual Report.