Straight Talk Texas #13: A Conversation About Higher Education With Chancellor J. B. Milliken

Grab a front row seat for conversations by state and policy leaders on topics that matter both now and in the future.

Straight Talk Texas – A Conversation About Higher Education With Chancellor J. B. Milliken
Date: May 20, 2020

Join us for a conversation with Chancellor of The University of Texas System, J.B. Milliken. Though he has held the role of chancellor since 2018, he has been “on the job,” when it comes to higher education for more than 30 years.

He left a burgeoning law career in the 1980s to work in higher education. Public higher education, specifically, because he understood it as the foremost provider of opportunity in America.

That’s certainly true in North Carolina, where he served in a variety of important roles with the UNC System.

It’s true in Nebraska, his home state, where he became the first alumnus of the University of Nebraska to serve as its president.

It’s just as true in New York City, where he led CUNY – the country’s leading urban public university – for several years.

And it’s true here in Texas.

In his role as Chancellor, he’s charged with leading a system of 8 universities and 6 health science centers – with 240,000 students – through the most challenging period in memory.

What is Straight Talk Texas?

Today, it’s more important than ever for people across Texas to have access to discussions they can trust about challenges facing our state now and in the future. To be the best place to live and work, we need to listen, learn and be aware of what is on the minds of Texas leaders, policy experts, educators and health professionals.

If history is any guide, Texas can come back strong from the current challenges we face. It’s up to all of us to work together to make sure that happens. So, take 20 minutes and 36 seconds to listen in as state leaders talk about health care, education, workforce development and government performance. We hope these videos will provide a front-row seat to conversations that will illuminate and help shape the historic decisions currently facing our state.