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UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken names Stacey Napier as vice chancellor for governmental relations

Following a national search, Stacey Napier has been named vice chancellor for governmental relations for The University of Texas System. Napier brings two decades of experience working in the legislative and executive branches of state government to her new role that serves as a key liaison between the UT System and the Texas Legislature and Governor’s Office.


“Stacey Napier is the right person to lead the UT System’s critical governmental relations activities at a time when higher education in Texas has never been more important,” Chancellor James B. Milliken said. “The depth and breadth of her experience in the Capitol and in service to the state of Texas will serve the 14 UT institutions well.  Stacey is well known and highly regarded for her professionalism, effectiveness and character, and we’re delighted to have her on board.”


Napier began her career working in the Texas Legislature as a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives and as a chief of staff in the Texas Senate.  In 2003, she joined then-Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office as the head of the Intergovernmental Relations Division. She spent 12 years with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, assuming significant roles of increasing responsibility. As deputy attorney general for administration, she managed eight divisions and was responsible for the daily administrative operations of the AG’s Office. 


In January 2015, Governor Abbott appointed Napier director of administration in the Office of the Governor, where she oversaw the agency’s day-to-day operations. In 2016, she was appointed to serve as executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources, leading an agency of more than 200 employees responsible for providing technology services and leadership to state and local government organizations.


“Having the privilege of serving in state government has been incredibly rewarding, and joining the UT System gives me the opportunity to continue to serve Texas in a different, but equally meaningful way,” Napier said. “I look forward to assisting the Chancellor, UT institutions, and Board of Regents as they seek support for the critical role UT institutions play in advancing education, research and health care for Texans.”


A licensed attorney, Napier earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor of arts degree from Louisiana State University. 


Napier is scheduled to begin her new role on Nov. 2.


About The University of Texas System
For more than 130 years, The University of Texas System has been committed to improving the lives of Texans and people all over the world through education, research and health care. With 14 institutions, an enrollment of more than 235,000 students and an operating budget of $19.5 billion (FY 2019), the UT System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States. UT institutions produce nearly 59,000 graduates annually and award more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees and almost two-thirds of its health professional degrees. Collectively, UT-owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics accounted for more than 7.8 million outpatient visits and 1.6 million hospital days last year. Across UT institutions, research and development expenditures total $2.7 billion – the second highest among U.S. public higher education systems – and the UT System is regularly ranked among the top 10 most innovative universities in the world. The UT System also is one of the largest employers in Texas, with more than 21,000 faculty – including Nobel laureates and members of the National Academies – and nearly 85,000 health care professionals, researchers, student advisors and support staff.

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