Coalition Applauds Chairman Foster
Please see the below statement from the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education regarding this week’s UT System Board of Regents meeting and the Board Chair’s call for embattled Regent Wallace L. Hall Jr. to resign:
“We applaud Chairman Paul Foster and those members of the Board of Regents who stood up for moving the UT System forward and encouraging Regent Wallace L. Hall Jr. to step down from the Board. Regardless of the outcomes of the Travis County District Attorney’s investigation or the impeachment process in the Texas Legislature, it is clear from these Regents’ statements that Regent Hall’s actions have become a significant distraction and detriment to effective governance by the Board, and by extension, the entire UT System. The more than 200,000 students and 80,000 faculty and staff of the UT System deserve a governing board that works respectfully and collaboratively to move the institutions toward increased excellence in the service of all Texans. We support the call for Regent Hall to step down.”
About the Coalition
The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education was launched in the summer of 2011 by a group of concerned citizens who believe strongly in the power of higher education to transform lives, build our economy and shape Texas’ future. Formed in response to a growing concern over recommendations being floated that could have long-term damaging effects on our institutions of higher learning, the Coalition hopes to advance a thoughtful, constructive and transparent dialogue around higher education in Texas, seeking to improve the quality educational opportunities for all Texans.
And so it begins ...
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"Talent is universal. Opportunity isn't."
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