Thursday, July 10, 2014

Texas Showdown Is Averted, With President to Stay On for a Year

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.

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