The Higher Education track at the 2015 Texas Tribune Festival featured panel discussions with several university system chancellors and leaders at several public and private colleges in Texas. Another panel addressed higher ed and the Legislature, and the price of college was the focus of another session. Also, there was a one-on-one conversation with Mike Perrin, the interim athletic director at the University of Texas at Austin. Scroll down to listen to audio from those sessions.
The "Chancellor Confidential" panel, moderated by Houston Chronicle reporter Benjamin Wermund, featured Chancellors Robert Duncan of the Texas Tech University System, Lee Jackson of the University of North Texas System, Brian McCall of the Texas State University System and William McRaven of the University of Texas System.
The "What the Publics Can Learn from the Privates" panel, moderated by Texas Tribune News Editor Corrie MacLaggan, featured Trinity University President Danny Anderson, Austin College President Marjorie Hass, Rice University President David Leebron and Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell.
Mike Perrin, the interim athletic director of the University of Texas at Austin, was interviewed by Texas Tribune reporter Matthew Watkins.
The "Higher Ed and the Legislature" panel, moderated by KUT 90.5 reporter Ben Philpott, featured state Reps. Donna Howard, D-Austin, and John Zerwas, R-Richmond; state Sens. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and Royce West, D-Dallas; and Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes.
The "Price vs. Cost vs. Value" panel, moderated by Texas Tribune reporter Matthew Watkins, featured University of Texas Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey, University of Texas at Austin President Gregory Fenves, San Jacinto College Chancellor Brenda Hellyer, U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, and University of Houston President and Chancellor Renu Khator.