In a strongly worded letter, McRaven, the former chancellor of the University of Texas System, asked President Donald Trump to revoke his security clearance so he could be included on "the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency."
The project, funded without tuition or taxpayer dollars, will add exclusive suites, clubs, new coaches' offices, loge boxes and seating to the south end zone of the Royal-Memorial football stadium, according to UT System documents.
After a months-long search, the board of regents went outside Texas and tapped the former chancellor of the City University of New York for the system's top appointed position. UT's chancellor oversees eight academic institutions and six health institutions.
While critics question whether a city-funded pre-K initiative is helping boost long-term educational outcomes, administrators and parents say there's no doubt about the quality of the education children receive at the program's four centers.
The action is likely to signal a shift toward advocacy of race-neutral admissions. The Supreme Court has upheld race-conscious admission practices as recently as 2016, but affirmative action in higher education remains a contentious issue.
A&M is partnering with the University of California System and a research and development organization on the effort. Their extendable five-year contract with the U.S. Energy Department is worth an estimated $2.5 billion annually.
Bill McRaven's last day as chancellor of the University of Texas System is May 31. He spoke to The Texas Tribune in his last weeks about his time at the system, his aspirations for the future and higher education broadly.