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.

Recent Contributions

Reeling in the Medical Schools

University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth.
University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth.
Texas Weekly

Public research universities around the state are looking to absorb medical schools, which represents a break from Texas' traditional set up and may require some major legislative changes. But only if they can make the funding work.

Two Chancellors Reflect on a Year of Higher Ed Reform

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa and Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa and Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall

This week, both Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System, and Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of the University of Texas System, celebrated the one-year anniversaries of their plans for reforming their systems.

Texas A&M Dean, on Leave, Arrested in Hit-and-Run

Ryan Crocker is shown at a 2011 news conference in Herat, Afghanistan. He has been on leave from Texas A&M University since President Obama tapped him to serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan in April 2011.
Ryan Crocker is shown at a 2011 news conference in Herat, Afghanistan. He has been on leave from Texas A&M University since President Obama tapped him to serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan in April 2011.

According to news reports, former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, on leave from his position as dean of Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government and Public Service, is facing charges for drunken driving and a hit and run.

At UT System, Plan to Expand KUT Moves Forward

University of Texas Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa during Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Tansparency on September 21st, 2011
University of Texas Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa during Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Tansparency on September 21st, 2011

The University of Texas System Board of Regents' academic affairs committee approved a revised version of an embattled proposal to have the University of Texas at Austin expand KUT, Austin's public radio station.

UT System to Establish Medical School in South Texas

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (left), is congratulated by Gene Powell, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, after the regents gave Cigarroa a vote of confidence on May 12, 2011.
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (left), is congratulated by Gene Powell, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, after the regents gave Cigarroa a vote of confidence on May 12, 2011.

Amid major changes at health science centers across the state, University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa on Friday announced his intention to establish a freestanding medical school in the Rio Grande Valley.

In University Collections, Entry to History and Culture

John Young, a professor at Marshall University in West Virginia, does research at the University of Texas at Austin's Harry Ransom Center. The Ransom Center’s approximately $7 million budget, of which roughly $3.74 million comes from the university, dwarfs that of other collections throughout the state.
John Young, a professor at Marshall University in West Virginia, does research at the University of Texas at Austin's Harry Ransom Center. The Ransom Center’s approximately $7 million budget, of which roughly $3.74 million comes from the university, dwarfs that of other collections throughout the state.

For public universities in Texas that are striving to distinguish themselves — particularly those vying to be the state’s next tier-one research institution — special collections in their libraries can provide a boost.