Greg Fenves began his appointment as president of The University of Texas at Austin on June 3, 2015. Previously, he served the university as executive vice president and provost.
He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the highest national honor awarded to engineers in the United States, and holds the Cockrell Family Chair in Engineering #15 at UT Austin.
Bringing a career of teaching, research and administrative experience to his new position, Fenves' accomplishments included defining strategic academic goals and priorities to advance excellence, streamlining operations for more cost effectiveness, focusing on continuing UT Austin's leadership in transforming undergraduate education, and the launch of the Dell Medical School.
Bobby Chesney is the Charles I. Francis Professor in Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas School of Law. In addition, he is the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, a University-wide research unit bridging across disciplines to improve understanding of international security issues.
In 2009, Professor Chesney served in the Justice Department in connection with the Detention Policy Task Force, a body tasked by the president with examining the legal and policy issues associated with the detention and trial of persons captured in combat or counterterrorism operations. He also previously served the Intelligence Community as an associate member of the Intelligence Science Board and as a member of the Advanced Technology Board.
In addition to his current positions at the University of Texas, he is a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, a member of the American Law Institute, and a senior editor for the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, and a past chair of Section on National Security Law of the Association of American Law Schools (as well as of the AALS Section on New Law Teachers). He is a co-founder and contributor to Lawfare, the leading source for analysis, commentary, and news relating to law and national security.
Professor Chesney’s scholarship focuses on U.S. national security policies and institutions, encompassing both domestic and international law issues. His upcoming projects include two books under contract with Oxford University Press, one examining post-9/11 legal controversies from a historical perspective and another concerning the evolving judicial role in national security affairs. Professor Chesney teaches the law school's core course in National Security Law, a first-year core course in Constitutional Law as well as a variety of upper-level seminars.
Professor Chesney clerked for the Honorable Lewis A. Kaplan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Robert D. Sack of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He then practiced with the firm Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York (litigation), before beginning his academic career with Wake Forest University School of Law. There he received a teacher of the year award from the student body in one year, and from the school’s dean in another. In 2008 he came to the University of Texas School of Law as a visiting professor, and then joined UT on a permanent basis in 2009. He became the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2011. Professor Chesney has taught a variety of courses over the years, including Constitutional Law, National Security Law, Evidence, Civil Procedure, and an array of security-related seminars.