Report: Gov. Perry Pressuring UT-Austin President Powers to Resign

Mar 25, 2013
Originally published on March 25, 2013 10:07 am

Simmering tensions between University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers and the UT Board of Regents keep rising: An article in the Houston Chronicle claims Gov. Rick Perry – who appoints the regents – “has communicated through emissaries that Powers should resign to avoid an embarrassing regents vote to fire him.”

Chronicle reporter Patricia Kilday Hart spoke with Texas Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo. Sen. Zaffirini argues that recent several actions by the Board of Regents – a special-called meeting to discuss a sexual encounter between assistant football coach Major Applewhite and an adult student, a sweeping open records request, and the controversial decision to re-investigate financial arrangements at the UT Law School foundation – are designed to “make life miserable” for Powers and lead to his resignation.

"It clearly amounts to harassment," Zaffirini said.

A spokesperson for Gov. Perry told the Chronicle, "Personnel decisions are made by the board, not the governor."

The Chronicle has more on the origin of the split between Powers and the regents, along with The Texas Tribune

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