Matthew Watkins

Matthew Watkins writes about higher education and the business of college sports for the Tribune. Previously, he has covered local government at The Dallas Morning News and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. A Texas native, Matthew grew up in Austin and has lived in Houston, Dallas and Bryan. He earned his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in 2008.

Recent Contributions

Abbott: Texas Shouldn't Emulate "No Longer Relevant" Companies Like Kodak

Gov. Greg Abbott speaking on Sept. 19 at a conference hosted by the Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Workforce Commission.
Gov. Greg Abbott speaking on Sept. 19 at a conference hosted by the Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Workforce Commission.

Unveiling the results of a six-month review by a task force devoted to addressing Texas' evolving workforce needs, Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that the state needs to establish itself as a worldwide research leader.

Fenves Announces $15 Million in Aid for UT-Austin Students

University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves talks with attendees after his state of the university address on Sept. 13, 2016.
University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves talks with attendees after his state of the university address on Sept. 13, 2016.

During his annual state of the university speech, University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves announced plans to increase financial aid for middle-class students and cultivate diversity among faculty and students. 

Texas Lawmakers Explore Paring Back Free Tuition for Veterans' Kids

Among those testifying during a joint committee of the Senate Defense & Veterans' Affairs and Higher Education committees on Sept. 13, 2016.: Michael Cline (left) of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University, Lt. Col. Jim Carney and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes.
Among those testifying during a joint committee of the Senate Defense & Veterans' Affairs and Higher Education committees on Sept. 13, 2016.: Michael Cline (left) of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University, Lt. Col. Jim Carney and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes.

State lawmakers on Tuesday explored what should be done about the spiraling costs of a veterans tuition program known as Hazlewood. 

UT Chancellor, a Former Admiral, Asks Athletes to Stand During National Anthem

Retired Admiral William McRaven, shown last year, took over as chancellor of the UT System on Jan. 5.
Retired Admiral William McRaven, shown last year, took over as chancellor of the UT System on Jan. 5.

In an impassioned memo sent after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ignited national controversy by refusing to stand for the national anthem, UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven urged his athletes not to repeat the gesture of protest.