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AUSTIN (AP) — The dean of Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering has been named sole finalist to become president of the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Richard Benson was selected Monday by the University of Texas System Board of Regents. Benson faces a state-mandated 21-day waiting period before official confirmation to lead UT-Dallas, located in Richardson.

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Benson would replace David Daniel, who last year moved from his post as UT-Dallas president to serve as deputy chancellor of the UT System.

Benson holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace and mechanical science from Princeton University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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