UT System Regents Select Foster as New Chairman

The University of Texas System regents concluded their annual August meeting by reshuffling the board's leadership, selecting Paul Foster, a businessman from El Paso, as their new chairman.

Foster replaces Gene Powell, whose tenure as chairman lasted about two and a half years and featured a number of accomplishments — among them, the creation of a new university in South Texas — that were largely overshadowed by tension with lawmakers and the University of Texas at Austin, the system's flagship institution.

Powell called the change the "worst-kept secret in Texas" and said that being chairman "has been an outstanding event ...

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