Saying he was ‘ready for a change,’ McCall dives in as chancellor
Brian McCall’s corner office has, arguably, Austin’s best view. His sweeping panorama includes the Texas Capitol dome, the University of Texas football stadium and St. Mary’s Cathedral.
It is a new vista for McCall, who was named chancellor of the Texas State University System in March after two decades as a state representative from Plano.
McCall keeps a few mementos from his legislative days, including a gavel meant to recognize his tenure chairing the House Calendars Committee. But McCall’s new job has kept him busy. In his first big move, he hired a new president for Sam Houston State University.
Another finalist for the chancellor position, state Sen. Jeff Wentworth, RSan Antonio, recently fired off a letter to the university system criticizing McCall’s hiring.
McCall recently sat down at his Austin office to discuss his new gig:
I knew I wanted to be in higher education ever since I was in the Legislature. And there are quality people here from the presidents all the way down. It’s just a highquality group of people.
I spent 20 wonderful years rep resenting the city of Plano. And I have many friends there. I still have some farmland there. But after 20 years, I was ready for a new challenge. I was ready for the change.
The kick so far has been to hire a new president of Sam Houston State (Dana Gibson). She’s wonderful. And we have some more hiring to do.
The budget is challenging. We are the third largest of the six university systems in Texas. And we’re the leanest. We work very efficiently. So budget cuts affect no one more than us.
I don’t know if I can really add anything. It’s in the past, and I don’t know if it serves anyone, or the university, for me to comment on it. says budget is top challenge as Texas State System chancellor.