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Friday, September 27 • 10:00am - 11:00am
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Three titans of public university athletics in Texas on TV deals, ballooning budgets, paying players and, of course, winning.

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Matthew Watkins

Politics Editor at The Texas Tribune
Watkins began as politics editor for the Tribune in June after serving as the Tribune’s breaking news editor. Before becoming an editor, he wrote about higher education and the business of college sports for the Tribune. Previously, Watkins covered local government as the Dallas... Read More →

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Ross Bjork

Athletic Director of Texas A&M University
Bjork was selected as Texas A&M University’s athletic director in May. Previously, he served as director of athletics at the University of Mississippi. Bjork has also served in various athletic department leadership roles at schools including Western Kentucky University, UCLA, the... Read More →
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Chris Del Conte

Athletic Director for the University of Texas
Del Conte has served as vice president and athletics director at the University of Texas at Austin since 2017. Previously, he served as director of intercollegiate athletics at Texas Christian University and as athletics director at Rice University. Del Conte has also worked in sports... Read More →
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Renu Khator

President of the University of Houston and Chancellor of the University of Houston System
Khator joined the University of Houston System in 2008. As chancellor, she oversees a four-university system of nearly 74,000 students. She also serves as board chair for the American Athletic Conference. Previously, Khator served as board chair for the American Council on Education... Read More →

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