Coalition Responds to Regent Hall Lawsuit

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement in response to a lawsuit filed by Regent Wallace Hall against UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven:

“The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education formed four years ago this month to encourage good governance and support our state’s public research institutions in the face of an onslaught of damaging ideological and political attacks. When the governance of education becomes overtly political it quickly becomes a case of bad governance, which the Coalition spotlights and opposes. It is clear our advocacy and watchful vigilance are still necessary today.

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Coalition Welcomes Fenves as New UT Austin President

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement after the UT System Board of Regents voted to appoint Dr. Gregory L. Fenves as the next president of UT Austin:

“Today’s appointment of Greg Fenves as the next president of UT Austin marks the start of a new chapter for the school and builds on a legacy of excellence. Fenves has the academic credentials, national respect, campus and alumni support, fundraising skills and working knowledge of The University to hit the ground running. We commend the presidential search committee, Chancellor McRaven and the Board of Regents for ensuring this orderly transition. With new presidents at both UT Austin and Texas A&M, exciting prospects are ahead for Texas’ major public research institutions.”

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Coalition Statement on Grand Jury Report

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement after the release of a report by a Travis County grand jury that recommended removal of UT System Regent Wallace L. Hall, Jr., but stopped short of indicting him:

“We respect the grand jury’s legal process and its findings, including its decision and statements. This confirms the Texas Legislature was right to exercise its oversight authority and look into Regent Hall’s actions. This report shows that Regent Hall’s actions were not appropriate, permissible or in keeping with best practices for public officials. Now is the time to move forward – new regents have been appointed and approved, a new president for UT Austin has been designated and the new chancellor clearly wants to move the UT System forward. It is our hope that all have learned from this experience and will join the Chancellor in a spirit of collaboration, cooperation and excellence, and work to advance opportunities for all students within the UT System.”

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Coalition Applauds Selection of Greg Fenves to Lead UT Austin

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement after the UT System Board of Regents selected Gregory L. Fenves, the current provost and executive vice president of UT Austin, as the sole finalist to replace outgoing UT Austin President Bill Powers:

“Greg Fenves will be an excellent president for The University of Texas at Austin. We applaud Chancellor McRaven, members of the UT System Board of Regents, and the entire search committee for a thorough, diligent process and an outstanding selection. Fenves will take over at a critical time for UT Austin. His leadership, intellect and passion will well serve the campus community, and the people of Texas whose lives are impacted daily by the research and teaching that take place on this UT campus. His deep knowledge of the campus, his rapport with faculty, students and alumni, and his impeccable academic credentials combine to make him the perfect choice to lead the next era of excellence for UT Austin.”

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Coalition Applauds Passage of UT System Regent Nominees

AUSTIN—The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement following Senate confirmation of David Beck, Steve Hicks and Sara Martinez Tucker to serve on the UT System Board of Regents:

“We congratulate Governor Abbott for appointing these outstanding nominees to the UT System Board of Regents, and applaud the Senate for swiftly approving them. Regents Beck, Hicks and Martinez Tucker each bring judgment, experience, intellect and passion to the Board of Regents, and we look forward to a new path forward with their leadership.

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  • Coalition Responds to Regent Hall Lawsuit

    The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement in response to a lawsuit filed by Regent Wallace Hall against UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven:

    “The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education formed four years ago this month to encourage good governance and support our state’s public research institutions in the face of an onslaught of damaging ideological and political attacks. When the governance of education becomes overtly political it quickly becomes a case of bad governance, which the Coalition spotlights and opposes. It is clear our advocacy and watchful vigilance are still necessary today.

    Continue reading
  • Coalition Welcomes Fenves as New UT Austin President

    The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement after the UT System Board of Regents voted to appoint Dr. Gregory L. Fenves as the next president of UT Austin:

    “Today’s appointment of Greg Fenves as the next president of UT Austin marks the start of a new chapter for the school and builds on a legacy of excellence. Fenves has the academic credentials, national respect, campus and alumni support, fundraising skills and working knowledge of The University to hit the ground running. We commend the presidential search committee, Chancellor McRaven and the Board of Regents for ensuring this orderly transition. With new presidents at both UT Austin and Texas A&M, exciting prospects are ahead for Texas’ major public research institutions.”

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