Adm. William H. McRaven has been welcomed by Murray State University for the 2020 Presidential Lecture in February of 2020. During the lecture, McRaven will have the opportunity to speak on his professional career and his connection to the university through his father, alumnus Colonel Claude McRaven. Colonel McRaven, class of 1941, was a football and track star, and a decorated WWII fighter pilot.
A retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral and former chancellor of the University of Texas system, McRaven commanded special operations forces at every level, where he eventually took charge of the U.S. Special Operations Command. He was involved with the combat in Desert Storm, as well as both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Being in charge of the troops that captured Saddam Hussein and rescued Captain Richard Phillips, McRaven is also credited with leading the Osama bin Laden mission.