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September 03, 2014
Staff | The Eagle
September 02, 2014
Reeve Hamilton | Texas Tribune
September 02, 2014
Marissa Barnett | Dallas Morning News
August 26, 2014
Jordan Overturf | The Eagle
August 25, 2014
Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio
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Grand jury to consider case against UT Regent Wallace L. Hall Jr.A Travis County grand jury will consider possible criminal charges against University of Texas System Regent Wallace L. Hall Jr. “in the very near future,” the prosecutor leading the investigation said Thursday. Among the issues is whether Hall violated state law with his relentless pursuit of records from UT-Austin, his alma mater, and by disclosing confidential student information. The regent said Thursday that he was aware of the impending grand jury proceedings but is “very comfortable” with everything he has done. University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall, right, is interviewed by Evan Smith, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Tribune, left, ... Read More “It would be nicer if they said, ‘We’ll close the file,’” Hall said at an event sponsored by the Texas Tribune, adding that nobody likes to face a possible indictment.Hall was appointed to a six-year term on the UT Board of Regents in 2011 by Gov. Rick Perry, who himself was indicted last month on two felony charges related to the Public Integrity Unit, the arm of the Travis County district attorney’s office that is investigating Hall. The governor is accused in connection with his threat — eventually carried out — to veto funding for the unit unless District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg resigned after her drunken driving arrest.Continue reading
President search committee starts coming togetherWith President William Powers Jr. set to leave his position in June 2015, Paul Foster, UT System Board of Regents chairman, is in the process of forming a search committee to find candidates to replace him.In July, Powers agreed with Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa to set his resignation for June 2015. Cigarroa initially asked Powers to resign in October, but Powers requested to stay on until after the 2015 legislative session.At the regents meeting Thursday, Foster announced Pedro Reyes, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Larry Faulkner, who served as University president from 1998-2006, would both chair the committee. Foster also said an outside firm would be hired to help the committee identify candidates.“I am asking the committee to bring to the board the broadest possible slate of highly-qualified, experienced and skilled leaders with exceptional dedication and talent necessary to lead the University of Texas at Austin,” Foster said. In accordance with the Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Foster said he will also select board members and System institution presidents to the committee as well as alumni and external members. Naval Adm. William McRaven, who will become System chancellor in January, has agreed to serve as one of the external members on the committee. In addition, a University dean will also serve on the committee, as elected by his fellow deans.Continue reading