The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 10th, 2014
The searing spotlight that has been shining on the University of
Texas cooled slightly on Wednesday, when the system’s chancellor, in a
surprising about-face, announced that he would allow the flagship’s
president, William C. Powers Jr., to stay on another year.
The move pre-empted what had promised to be a bitterly divisive
meeting of the system’s Board of Regents on Thursday, when the board had
been expected to fire Mr. Powers.
Faculty members who had gathered in a special meeting on Wednesday to
protest the president’s apparently imminent ouster gasped and cheered
when they learned that the chancellor, Francisco G. Cigarroa, had backed down, agreeing to let the president leave on his own terms, at the end of the next academic year.