University of Texas

AG's Office Report: UT Law School Fund Lacks Transparency

Jan 18, 2015

(AP) The Texas Attorney General's Office says a fund that paid University of Texas law professors millions in extra compensation lacked transparency and violated school rules. A copy of the AG's report obtained Friday by the Austin American-Statesman says loans, mortgages, housing allowances and other financial incentives helped to attract and retain faculty. Regents Chairman Paul Foster said in a statement that the report “will be addressed.”

The new president for the University of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley campus approved “Vaquero” as the university’s mascot despite a backlash from students, alumni and South Texas lawmakers. 

UT’s Board of Regents set up its Rio Grande Valley campus as a way to grow their South Texas institutions. They merged UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American, and added a new medical school for the region. Part of that transition involved coming up with a new mascot and school colors.

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Last week was a busy one for Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, former chancellor of the University of Texas System.

On Monday he found out he won the Julio Palmaz Award for innovation in health care and biosciences, and on Thursday the University of Texas replaced him, confirming his successor, Admiral William McRaven.

Cigarroa oversaw a tumultuous time in UT history; one of his predecessors called it the most tumultuous time in the 130 years of the Texas higher education system.

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A select committee of state lawmakers that was exploring impeachment proceedings for University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall has dropped their investigation and moved to censure and admonish Hall’s inquiry involving admissions fixing at UT at Austin.  

It’s really hard to explain just how scary the 1960s were if you were a kid. For me, it all started with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 when I was 8. That was the first in a litany of horrible events that showed up on the news it seemed almost every night. And we were a family, like most were in those days, that watched the nightly news.