Reeve Hamilton Reporter

Reeve Hamilton covers higher education and politics for The Texas Tribune and hosts the Tribune's weekly podcast. His writing has also appeared in Texas Monthly and The Texas Observer. Born in Houston and raised in Massachusetts, he has a bachelor's degree in English from Vanderbilt University.

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Lawmakers: Firing UT President Would Violate Orders

House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations chairs Carol Alvarado, D-Houston and Dan Flynn, R-Canton, explain the 7-1 vote to recommend drawing up articles of impeachment against UT Regent Wallace Hall, Jr. on May 12, 2014.
House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations chairs Carol Alvarado, D-Houston and Dan Flynn, R-Canton, explain the 7-1 vote to recommend drawing up articles of impeachment against UT Regent Wallace Hall, Jr. on May 12, 2014.

UPDATED: The chairs of a House committee have reminded University of Texas System leaders that they were instructed not to oust UT-Austin President Bill Powers while lawmakers investigate one of the system's regents.

UT-Austin President Proposed Resignation in 2015

Embattled University of Texas at Austin President Billl Powers listens to a report during the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013.
Embattled University of Texas at Austin President Billl Powers listens to a report during the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013.

In his reponse to University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa's request that he resign, University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers proposed delaying his departure until after the legislative session.

Admitting Privileges Series on UT-Austin Admissions

Clockwise, from top left: State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview; University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; House Speaker Joe Straus; state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie; and University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall.
Clockwise, from top left: State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview; University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; House Speaker Joe Straus; state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie; and University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall.

Take a look back at our Admitting Privileges series on the debate over lawmakers' role in the University of Texas at Austin's admissions process. You can read more higher education coverage here or subscribe to our education newsletter.

Cigarroa Tells Powers to Resign or Be Fired

UT President Bill Powers waits at the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Dec. 18, 2013
UT President Bill Powers waits at the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Dec. 18, 2013

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa has asked UT-Austin President Bill Powers to resign ahead of the Board of Regents’ July 10 meeting. Powers has said he is willing to discuss a timeline for his exit. 

 

 

Bruce Zimmerman: The TT Interview

Bruce Zimmerman, the chief executive officer and chief investment officer of the University of Texas Investment Management Company
Bruce Zimmerman, the chief executive officer and chief investment officer of the University of Texas Investment Management Company

The CEO of the University of Texas Investment Management Company, which oversees investments for the UT and A&M systems, on the nonprofit company's investments, its gold bullion holdings and his concerns about the future.

Political Landscape Shifts as Hall Inquiry Continues

Clockwise, from top left: Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor; University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall; Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor.
Clockwise, from top left: Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor; University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall; Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor.

As a lengthy legislative investigation of University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall appears to be nearing an end, the 2014 elections and developments at the University of Texas System are adding new twists.

Admissions Investigation Preceded by Years of Tension

Clockwise, from top left: University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall; Gov. Rick Perry; state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo; UT System Board Vice Chairman Gene Powell; and UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa.
Clockwise, from top left: University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall; Gov. Rick Perry; state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo; UT System Board Vice Chairman Gene Powell; and UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa.

A recent announcement that the University of Texas System will commission an external investigation into the admissions process at the University of Texas at Austin is only the latest chapter in an ongoing, tension-filled saga. 

Admissions Inquiry Takes Center Stage in UT Saga

Clockwise, from top left: State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview; University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; House Speaker Joe Straus; state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie; and University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall.
Clockwise, from top left: State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview; University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; House Speaker Joe Straus; state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie; and University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall.

Of University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall’s allegations of misconduct at UT-Austin, none has gained as much traction as his assertion that there is "secret favoritism" for the politically connected in admissions.