Rick O'Donnell: The TT Interview

Rick O'Donnell's time as an adviser at the University of Texas System may have been brief, but his presence was felt more than many longtime staffers.

Controversy surrounded O'Donnell, the former director of Colorado's department of higher education, from the day he was hired by Gene Powell, the chairman of the UT System Board of Regents. There were questions about the creation of a new $200,000-a-year position during a time of belt-tightening in higher education. Some viewed his role as undermining UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and threatening University of Texas at Austin President Bill ...

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