Reeve Hamilton Reporter

Reeve Hamilton covers higher education and politics for The Texas Tribune and hosts the Tribune's weekly podcast. His writing has also appeared in Texas Monthly and The Texas Observer. Born in Houston and raised in Massachusetts, he has a bachelor's degree in English from Vanderbilt University.

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80-Year-Old WGU Texas Grad Keeps His Promise

Robert Titus tries on his graduation cap with the help of his wife, Jennifer, in his Houston home on Nov. 26, 2012. Titus recently earned an online degree in marketing managment from WGU Texas.
Robert Titus tries on his graduation cap with the help of his wife, Jennifer, in his Houston home on Nov. 26, 2012. Titus recently earned an online degree in marketing managment from WGU Texas.

Robert Titus had told his mom that he would get a college degree. But service in the U.S. Navy and a long sales career derailed that pledge for years. But Titus, 80, is now the proud owner of a degree from WGU Texas, an online university.

Perry's $10,000 Degree Challenge Spreads to Florida

Gov. Rick Perry, speaks at the site in Jonestown, Texas, where volunteers will build a home for injured war veteran Augustine "Augie" Pena.
Gov. Rick Perry, speaks at the site in Jonestown, Texas, where volunteers will build a home for injured war veteran Augustine "Augie" Pena.

Even in gubernatorial circles, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Just ask Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who recently announced a $10,000 degree challenge modeled after the approach of his Texas counterpart, Gov. Rick Perry.

UT-Austin Med School Plans Proceed After Election

First year resident Karthik Mekala, MD, watches Chief Maryam Ayaz, MD, check on a patient at UMC Brackenridge.
First year resident Karthik Mekala, MD, watches Chief Maryam Ayaz, MD, check on a patient at UMC Brackenridge.

With affirmation from voters, little stands between the University of Texas at Austin and its desired medical school except hard work and collaboration. It could open as early as 2015, though leaders say 2016 is probably more realistic.

UT System May Construct $100 Million Austin Office

UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.
UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents will meet this week and consider, among many things, whether to approve the construction of a system office building in downtown Austin that is projected to cost $102,417,000.

Texas State Chancellor Faces Anxieties at Sul Ross

Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System, and Ricardo Maestas, president of Sul Ross State University, during a joint interview at Marfa Public Radio in Marfa, TX.
Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System, and Ricardo Maestas, president of Sul Ross State University, during a joint interview at Marfa Public Radio in Marfa, TX.

Anxieties about the future of Sul Ross State University are on the rise in Alpine, and Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall is countering arguments that another system might be a better fit.