UT System Board of Regents http://kut.org en Cigarroa Tells Powers to Resign or Be Fired http://kut.org/post/cigarroa-tells-powers-resign-or-be-fired <p class="p1" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">U</span><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box;">niversity of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa has asked University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers to resign ahead of the Board of Regents’ July 10 meeting or be fired at it, multiple sources confirmed to The Texas Tribune on Friday.& Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:35:27 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 10738 at http://kut.org Cigarroa Tells Powers to Resign or Be Fired In Letter to UT Board Chair, Hall Says He Won't Resign http://kut.org/post/letter-ut-board-chair-hall-says-he-wont-resign <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall, who&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/05/15/ut-board-chairman-calls-regent-hall-resign/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">was asked to resign</a>&nbsp;last week by the chairman of the board of regents, sent a letter to the chairman on Monday saying he does not intend to do any such thing, according to Hall's lawyer.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">At Thursday's&nbsp;board meeting, chairman Paul Foster said that Hall could take "a selfless step to benefit the UT System" by stepping down from his post.&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box;">According to a system spokeswoman, as of Monday afternoon, Foster had not yet received Hall's letter responding to his comments.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Last week, a legislative committee&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/05/12/transparency-committee-expected-vote-hall/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">had agreed that grounds exist</a>&nbsp;to impeach Hall, who has been scrutinized for conducting personal investigations of the operations of the University of Texas at Austin that some have characterized as an abuse of his office.</p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:10:13 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 10454 at http://kut.org In Letter to UT Board Chair, Hall Says He Won't Resign Travis County Opens Criminal Investigation of UT Regent Wallace Hall http://kut.org/post/travis-county-opens-criminal-investigation-ut-regent-wallace-hall <p>University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall is now the subject of a criminal investigation.</p><p>The Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office has opened an investigation into Hall after receiving a complaint from a legislative committee considering impeachment proceedings against the regent.</p><p>Hall is accused of improper handling of student records as part of extensive open records requests of UT-Austin documents. Critics have accused Hall of <a href="http://kut.org/post/ut-officials-barred-deleting-emails-lawmaker-calls-it-witch-hunt-update">conducting a "witch hunt"</a> on behalf of Gov. Rick Perry <a href="http://kut.org/post/ut-president-bill-powers-survives-regents-scrutiny-keeps-job">to oust UT-Austin President Bill Powers</a>.</p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:32:01 +0000 Trey Shaar 10300 at http://kut.org Travis County Opens Criminal Investigation of UT Regent Wallace Hall Report Cites Possible Grounds for Hall's Impeachment http://kut.org/post/report-cites-possible-grounds-halls-impeachment <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">There could be grounds to impeach University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall on at least on at least four different counts, according to a&nbsp;report by the special counsel to the legislative committee that has been investigating the controversial gubernatorial appointee.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">The report, which was obtained by the Tribune on Monday night on the condition that it not be published in its entirety, is the handiwork of a team led by Houston attorney Rusty Hardin, which&nbsp;</span><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">reviewed more than 150,000 pages of documents and sat through dozens of&nbsp;hours&nbsp;of interviews and testimony before the&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box;">House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations&nbsp;</span>during the second half of 2013.</span></span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:14:53 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 10146 at http://kut.org Report Cites Possible Grounds for Hall's Impeachment UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa Steps Down http://kut.org/post/ut-system-chancellor-francisco-cigarroa-steps-down <p>After five years, Francisco Cigarroa announced Monday morning that he is stepping down as University of Texas System Chancellor.&nbsp;</p><p>Cigarroa&nbsp;says he's leaving to head the pediatric transplant surgery department at the <a href="http://uthscsa.edu/">UT Health Science Center at San Antonio</a>.</p><p>"It really ended up being a very personal decision as to what is my next role in life?"&nbsp;Cigarroa&nbsp;said at a press conference Monday morning. "What’s the next mountain I want to climb?"</p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:12:17 +0000 Kate McGee 9749 at http://kut.org UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa Steps Down Sources: Cigarroa to Step Down as UT Chancellor http://kut.org/post/sources-cigarroa-step-down-ut-chancellor-0 <article><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; font-weight: inherit;">Francisco Cigarroa</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; font-weight: inherit;">, the chancellor of the University of Texas System, will announce Monday that plans to step down to become the head of the pediatric surgery unit at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, three sources tell The Texas Tribune.</span></p><div class="content"><p>Cigarroa's intention to resign his post was first&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/state-regional/university-of-texas-system-chancellor-francisco-ci/ndJSb/" target="_blank">reported</a> late Sunday by the <em>Austin American-Statesman</em>.&nbsp;<span>A Sunday&nbsp;</span><a href="http://utsystem.edu/news/2014/02/09/chancellor-cigarroa-make-special-announcement-news-conference" target="_blank">release</a><span>&nbsp;by the system said Cigarroa and Paul Foster, the chairman of the Board of Regents, will appear together at a Monday morning news conference at which the chancellor will make a "special announcement."</span></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 02:14:49 +0000 Evan Smith, Texas Tribune 9746 at http://kut.org Sources: Cigarroa to Step Down as UT Chancellor Report: Regent Didn't Violate Student Privacy Laws http://kut.org/post/report-regent-didnt-violate-student-privacy-laws <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">After reviewing University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall's handling of information that may be confidential under federal student privacy laws, outside lawyers for the system have concluded that there was "no credible evidence of a violation of [the state government code] that would warrant a referral for criminal prosecution."</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:13:54 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 9561 at http://kut.org Report: Regent Didn't Violate Student Privacy Laws UT Regents Put President Powers' Job On the Agenda: How We Got Here http://kut.org/post/ut-regents-put-president-powers-job-agenda-how-we-got-here <p>The UT Board of Regents is expected to discuss the employment of University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers <a href="http://kut.org/post/ut-regents-discuss-employment-bill-powers">during its executive session today</a>. It’s the first time his employment has been placed on the agenda for discussion – and the latest development in what’s become a power struggle among state leadership.</p><p>The scene: boardrooms, committee chambers or behind closed doors. The characters: men who hold power in the Texas capitol, or the UT Tower. But how did the situation get to this point?</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/124486666&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:19:15 +0000 Kate McGee & David Brown 9352 at http://kut.org UT Regents Put President Powers' Job On the Agenda: How We Got Here UT Regents to Discuss Employment of Bill Powers http://kut.org/post/ut-regents-discuss-employment-bill-powers <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">The University of Texas System Board of Regents plans to discuss the employment of University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers during a closed-door executive session at its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.utsystem.edu/board-of-regents/meetings/board-meeting-2013-12-12" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">board meeting</a>&nbsp;on Thursday.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Powers' job at the flagship university, which he has held for nearly eight years, has been believed by some to be in jeopardy since the appointment of new board members in 2011. Multiple board meetings have been preceded by rumors of his impending ousting, but the speculation has consistently proven incorrect.</p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:30:32 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 9334 at http://kut.org UT Regents to Discuss Employment of Bill Powers Committee Won't Look Into UT Regent's Call to Alabama Coach's Agent http://kut.org/post/committee-wont-look-ut-regents-call-alabama-coachs-agent <p>A legislative committee investigating University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall will not consider recent allegations claiming Hall abused his powers by talking to a sports agent about replacing UT football coach Mack Brown.</p><p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/09/19/report-texas-regent-talked-to-nick-sabans-agent/2839255/">Reports surfaced last week</a> that Hall spoke to an agent for Nick&nbsp;Saban, the football coach for the top-ranked University of Alabama, in January. Former UT Regent Tom Hicks was also on the call. Hicks then asked Brown if he wanted to retire, but Brown said he did not.</p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:21:53 +0000 Jody Serrano 8803 at http://kut.org Committee Won't Look Into UT Regent's Call to Alabama Coach's Agent Tension, Anxiety Are Backdrop of UT Regents Meeting http://kut.org/post/tension-anxiety-are-backdrop-ut-regents-meeting <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">As the University of Texas System Board of Regents convenes for its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.utsystem.edu/board-of-regents/meetings/board-meeting-2013-08-21" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">annual August meeting</a>&nbsp;Wednesday and Thursday, a gathering fraught with tension and anxiety is all but assured.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">The nine regents have been bathed in controversy for more than two years, and — despite racking up a number of accomplishments, including the creation of a major new university in South Texas — have only managed to sink deeper over time.</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:55:08 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 8515 at http://kut.org Tension, Anxiety Are Backdrop of UT Regents Meeting Committee Weighs Impeaching UT Regent: How We Got Here and What's Next http://kut.org/post/committee-weighs-impeaching-ut-regent-how-we-got-here-and-whats-next <p></p><p><strong>Update</strong>: The Texas House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations met Monday to discuss an investigation that could lead to impeachment proceedings against a University of Texas System Regent.</p><p>The committee is tasked with deciding which articles for impeachment it could possibly bring against Wallace Hall. But at a committee hearing, lawmakers found there&#39;s little historic precedent to guide the process. According to Jeff Archer with the Texas Legislative Counsel, there have been few attempts to impeach a public official in Texas and there&rsquo;s no definition or standard for what&rsquo;s considered an impeachable offense.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:51:59 +0000 Emery Reifsnyder & Wells Dunbar 8347 at http://kut.org Committee Weighs Impeaching UT Regent: How We Got Here and What's Next Pitts Working to Impeach Controversial UT System Regent http://kut.org/post/pitts-working-impeach-controversial-ut-system-regent <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; "><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; ">Update</strong><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; ">&nbsp;</strong>(June 21, 3:26 p.m.):&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.35; ">State Rep.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/jim-pitts/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/jim-pitts/" style="line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Jim Pitts</a><span style="line-height: 1.35; ">, </span>R-Waxahachie<span style="line-height: 1.35; ">, said Friday afternoon that his effort to unseat University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall is still very much alive in the last days of the session, and said he is confident he has the necessary support in the House. Aides to </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.35; ">.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Rick Perry</a><span style="line-height: 1.35; ">&nbsp;have been lobbying members to leave Hall in office, but Pitts said he's got the numbers right now.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; "><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; ">Original story:&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.35; ">The House's chief budget writer and a longstanding critic of the&nbsp;University of Texas System regents is attempting to launch impeachment proceedings against University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall.</span></p><p> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:42:48 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune & Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 8192 at http://kut.org Pitts Working to Impeach Controversial UT System Regent First Look at UT Medical School: New Hospital on Red River, Erwin Center Could Be Demolished http://kut.org/post/first-look-ut-medical-school-new-hospital-red-river-erwin-center-could-be-demolished <p><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>The full University of Texas System Board of Regents has voted to move forward with a plan for the future of its flagship campus – including the medical school. The plan passed without discussion.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Update </strong>(May 8, 11:51 a.m.): A committee of the UT System Board of Regents approved an update to the university's master plan, including plans for UT's medical school, new teaching buildings and more. The plan could eventually move the Frank Erwin Center.</p><p> Thu, 09 May 2013 17:33:20 +0000 Bobby Blanchard & Laura Rice 7662 at http://kut.org First Look at UT Medical School: New Hospital on Red River, Erwin Center Could Be Demolished Bill Addressing UT Regents Reaches the House http://kut.org/post/bill-addressing-ut-regents-reaches-house <p>A bill codifying and clarifying the roles and responsibilities of Texas' higher education governing boards, regents, systems and institutions has reached the Texas House of Representatives after passing the Senate.</p><p>House Rep. Don Branch, R-Dallas, gave his take on <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=SB15">SB 15</a>&nbsp;to the Higher Education Committee.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:25:00 +0000 Austin Feldman 7480 at http://kut.org Bill Addressing UT Regents Reaches the House UT Regents Backtrack on Open Records, Investigation (Update) http://kut.org/post/ut-regents-backtrack-open-records-investigation-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>The UT Board of Regents' decision to release public documents to the Texas legislature didn't stop the state Senate from passing a bill that would limit the board's authority and require new regents to complete an ethics training course. The Senate passed the bill today. It now heads to the House for a vote.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(1:45 p.m.)<strong>: </strong>The UT System Board of Regents voted Thursday to release all records requested by state lawmakers and ask the state Attorney General to conduct an investigation into the relationship between the UT Law School and the <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/law/about/foundation/">Law School Foundation</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Last week, regents had considered withholding documents from the legislature.&nbsp;Regent <a href="http://www.utsystem.edu/board-of-regents/current-regents/james-d-dannenbaum">James Dannenbaum</a>&nbsp;says that was a miscommunication.</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:45:04 +0000 Kate McGee 7316 at http://kut.org UT Regents Backtrack on Open Records, Investigation (Update) UT Regents to Hold Special Meeting Thursday (Update) http://kut.org/post/ut-regents-hold-special-meeting-thursday-update <p></p><p><strong>Update: </strong>UT's Board of Regents is scheduled <a href="http://www.utsystem.edu/board-of-regents/meetings/board-meeting-2013-04-11" target="_blank">to meet this morning</a> to consider whether to release investigative records to the Texas Legislature.</p><p>Texas lawmakers have been requesting the release of emails and other documents in a public standoff raising tension between the Capitol and the regents.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:52:59 +0000 Kate McGee & Filipa Rodrigues 7287 at http://kut.org UT Regents to Hold Special Meeting Thursday (Update) Zaffirini Bill Would Clarify Open Records Obligations http://kut.org/post/zaffirini-bill-would-clarify-open-records-obligations <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">State Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/judith-zaffirini/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/judith-zaffirini/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Judith Zaffirini</a>, D-Laredo, filed a bill on Monday to clarify the open records obligations of state agencies, including — some would say specifically — the University of Texas System.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 19:34:52 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 7283 at http://kut.org Zaffirini Bill Would Clarify Open Records Obligations Senate Panel Votes to Limit Power of UT Regents http://kut.org/post/senate-panel-votes-limit-power-ut-regents <p>A bill making progress at the Texas Capitol would limit college governing boards like the University of Texas Board of Regents, whose members have been criticized for “micromanaging” UT in Austin and President Bill Powers.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=SB15">bill</a> approved today by the Senate Committee on Higher Education assigns to universities themselves all duties not specifically assigned to regents.</p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 23:56:18 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 7211 at http://kut.org Senate Panel Votes to Limit Power of UT Regents Is Perry-Powers Tension About College Rivalry, Policy? http://kut.org/post/perry-powers-tension-about-college-rivalry-policy <p></p><p>Is this about Bill Powers or UT’s tower?</p><p>Tensions between Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/">Rick Perry</a>’s administration and Powers, the president of the University of Texas at Austin, are rising, sucking up legislative time and pitting lawmakers, prominent alumni and higher-education critics against one another in a running argument over politics, rivalries and what a public university is supposed to be.</p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 18:20:00 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 7168 at http://kut.org Is Perry-Powers Tension About College Rivalry, Policy?