Commissioner of Higher Education Position Description and Ideal Candidate Specification

The Commissioner is appointed by the Board to provide leadership for higher education in Texas. The Commissioner serves as CEO, directing the 264-person staff with a $32 million operating budget and a further $1.7 billion disbursed under its supervision. The Commissioner is the primary advocate for the strategic plan, 60x30TX, and for the critical role that higher education plays in maintaining economic competitiveness and quality of life in Texas. He/she also works to develop higher education policy that improves student access and success, meets state goals and priorities, raises educational excellence, and promotes cost efficiency.

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree, doctorate preferred, and senior higher education administration experience or its equivalent in government or business. Extensive knowledge of higher education is essential. Knowledge of Texas, its state government, and its higher education system is highly desirable.

Full position description/ideal candidate specification may be viewed here. 

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