EDUCATION: Higher Education

University of Texas President Bill Powers speaks to Provost Gregory Fenves during a board of regents meeting on July 10th, 2014
University of Texas President Bill Powers speaks to Provost Gregory Fenves during a board of regents meeting on July 10th, 2014

First Choice or Not, Fenves Isn't Seen as Consolation Prize

University of Texas at Austin provost Gregory Fenves may not have always appeared to be the top choice to replace UT-Austin President Bill Powers, but faculty leaders say he has the skills to thrive in the top spot. Many say the sole finalist to be UT-Austin president has a reputation for welcoming input and making thoughtful decisions.

Students at North Forney High School work through football practice on the first day of school in Forney, Texas, in August 2010.
Students at North Forney High School work through football practice on the first day of school in Forney, Texas, in August 2010.

Lawmakers Say Sports Shaped Their Political Careers

Five state lawmakers — all former college athletes — gathered at the University of Texas at Austin to talk about the parallels between athletics and governing and the lessons they learned from high school and college sports.

Lawmakers Say Sports Shaped Their Political Careers

Students at North Forney High School work through football practice on the first day of school in Forney, Texas, in August 2010.
Students at North Forney High School work through football practice on the first day of school in Forney, Texas, in August 2010.

Five state lawmakers — all former college athletes — gathered at the University of Texas at Austin to talk about the parallels between athletics and governing and the lessons they learned from high school and college sports.

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UT Regents Still Eyeing President Candidates

UT President Bill Powers speaks during a UT Board of Regents meeting on July 10th, 2014
UT President Bill Powers speaks during a UT Board of Regents meeting on July 10th, 2014

After meeting behind closed doors for almost seven hours, the University of Texas System Board of Regents did not name a finalist to replace Bill Powers as president of the University of Texas at Austin on Wednesday. 

Regents Meeting on Next UT-Austin President

UT System Board of Regents Chairman Paul Foster during a meeting on Dec. 12, 2013.
UT System Board of Regents Chairman Paul Foster during a meeting on Dec. 12, 2013.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents will meet Wednesday to discuss who will replace Bill Powers as president of UT-Austin, but sources cautioned the board might not reach an immediate decision on a lone finalist.

The Brief: March 2, 2015

The Texas School for the Deaf in Austin.
The Texas School for the Deaf in Austin.

The Tribune's Jay Root and Neena Satija filed a story over the weekend on the problem of deferred maintenance at state government buildings in multiple agencies. It makes for some grim reading.

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