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.