Monday, July 7, 2014

In ‘July 4 Coup’ at U. of Texas, Flagship’s Chief Is Asked to Resign

The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 4th, 2014

Tensions at the University of Texas are boiling after reports that the system’s chancellor has told the president of the flagship campus, William C. Powers Jr., to resign or risk being fired this week.
Faculty members are planning an emergency meeting for Wednesday, the day before the system’s Board of Regents is scheduled to meet and could vote on Mr. Powers’s dismissal. Students, employees, and alumni took to social media over the weekend to rally support for the president, and a legislative panel that is pursuing impeachment proceedings against one of his fiercest critics reiterated warnings to the regents not to fire him.
Well-placed sources confirmed news-media reports that the chancellor, Francisco G. Cigarroa, told Mr. Powers last week to submit his resignation by Friday, July 4, effective October 31. Mr. Powers, who enjoys strong support from the faculty but has frequently butted heads with a faction of the regents who are closely aligned with Gov. Rick Perry, reportedly refused but said he would be open to leaving if he could stay on through June 2015, after the legislative session and academic year have ended.

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