Virginia: A Cautionary Tale for Texas
The University of Virginia Board of Visitors met today to vote on whether to re-instate President Teresa Sullivan, who was forced to resign earlier this month. While President Sullivan was unanimously reinstated during the meeting, the subsequent turmoil after her resignation – prominent resignations, negative national publicity, tensions among faculty, students and alumni, complaints about a lack of transparency – offers another cautionary tale for Texas about the importance of boards and administrators working collaboratively for the good of the institution and student body.
Today, the Coalition issued the following statement viewing Virginia as a cautionary tale for Texas.
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.”Continue reading
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.”Continue reading