Controversial UT Regent Hopes to "Push a Reset Button"

On Feb. 12, Gene Powell, the chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, sent a note to Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of the UT System, about the newest regents appointed by Gov. Rick Perry. The new members “all have extensive experience in higher education and all of them are hard core conservatives. And none of them are shy. We will see no ‘break in’ period from these individuals,” he wrote.

It was an early hint of the changes afoot at the UT board and the tense months — some of the most tumultuous in institutional memory, with the regents ...

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