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March 29th, 2010
TSUS names legislator as chancellor finalist

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Brian McCall.

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State University System Board of Regents has named financier and Texas legislator Brian McCall as the sole finalist to become chancellor of the seven-institution system.

McCall has been president of the Dallas-based Westminster Capital Corporation since 2000 and a member of the Texas House of Representatives since 1991. In the legislature, McCall has held many key positions, including chairman of the Committee on Calendars, member of the Committee on Higher Education, and member of the Legislative Budget Board.

“We are honored by Dr. McCall’s interest in leading the Texas State University System as it enters its centennial year,” said Board of Regents Chairman Ron Blatchley of Bryan. “He is a man of great accomplishment … The board will meet in late April to consider further Dr. McCall’s candidacy.”

A university board of regents may not consider final action or take a vote on the employment of an applicant for chief executive officer of an institution of higher education until 21 days have passed since the name of the finalist was announced.

McCall, a Republican, announced last November that he will not seek another term to represent District 66, virtually all of which lies within Plano. When he made the announcement, McCall said he would return the $150,000 in campaign contributions he had received since the end of the legislative session last June.

McCall said in the Dallas Morning News that he accomplished much of what he wanted to achieve in the House, including “to leave on a high note. So few in politics know when to get off the stage.”

During the 2007 legislative session, McCall announced that he would challenge House Speaker Tom Craddick (R-Lubbock). During the 2009 session, McCall ended up joining with Democrats and other ABC (Anybody but Craddick) Republicans to position Joe Strauss (R-San Antonio) as speaker.

In 1999, McCall authored tax-cutting legislation that included the three-day sales tax holiday at the start of each school year. Many years before then, he successfully carried legislation for Governor Ann Richards that imposed a criminal penalty for stalking.

McCall holds a BA from Baylor University, an MA from Southern Methodist University, and a PhD in humanities and aesthetics from the University of Texas-Dallas. McCall also was a visiting post-graduate student in international politics at Oxford University in Oxford, England.

He is the author of Power and the Texas Governor: Connally to Bush, published by the University of Texas Press in 2009.

McCall, 51, 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 non-profit 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.

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