Source: Former Secretary of State Tillerson courted as candidate for UT System chancellor

Source: Former Secretary of State Tillerson courted as candidate for UT System chancellor

By Matthew Watkins, The Texas Tribune

Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is being courted as a candidate to be the next University of Texas System chancellor, a source familiar with the effort told The Texas Tribune.

The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. Tillerson, a UT-Austin alumnus, left the State Department less than two weeks ago. Prior to joining President Donald Trump's administration, he served as CEO of Exxon Mobil.

If chosen, he would replace Chancellor Bill McRaven, a retired Navy admiral. It's unclear whether Tillerson would except the job, however.

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