Tribpedia: William "Bill" Powers, Jr

William "Bill" Powers Jr. is the 28th president of the University of Texas at Austin, the flagship campus of the University of Texas System and the fifth-largest university in the nation. He was appointed to the position by the UT Board of Regents in 2005, following a five-year tenure as dean of the University of UT’s School of Law ...

Grand Jury Recommends UT Regent's Removal

UT Regent Wallace Hall on April 28, 2014. Lawmakers admonished and censured Hall, who was waging a personal investigation into lawmaker influence in the UT-Austin admissions process.
UT Regent Wallace Hall on April 28, 2014. Lawmakers admonished and censured Hall, who was waging a personal investigation into lawmaker influence in the UT-Austin admissions process.

In an unusual, strongly worded report, a Travis County grand jury recommended this week that University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall be removed from office. While the report did not accompany a formal indictment or decision not to bring charges, it criticized Hall's activity on the UT system's oversight board, calling his behavior "unaccountable and abusive."

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

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.

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

Sources: Regents Set to Name Fenves Head at UT-Austin

Gregory Fenves will likely be named the sole finalist to replace Bill Powers as president of the University of Texas at Austin this Friday, sources told The Texas Tribune. Fenves, currently the school's provost, came to the front of the pack after two other candidates dropped out.

Sarah Goodfriend, second from left, and Suzanne Bryant, center, with their daughters (far left and far right) and Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, second from right. DeBeauvoir issued Goodfriend and Bryant a marriage license on Feb. 19, 2015.
Sarah Goodfriend, second from left, and Suzanne Bryant, center, with their daughters (far left and far right) and Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, second from right. DeBeauvoir issued Goodfriend and Bryant a marriage license on Feb. 19, 2015.

The Brief: Questions Remain After First Texas Gay Marriage Performed

An Austin lesbian couple obtained a marriage license Thursday morning, but the status of what would be the state's first gay marriage was in flux by the afternoon after the Texas Supreme Court issued a stay.

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

Report: Powers Overruled UT Admissions Office

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers has helped secure college admittance for students over the objections of the admissions office, according to an external review of lawmaker and regent influence at the flagship campus. UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven says he's read the full report and will take no disciplinary action against Powers. 

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers at a UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin on Dec. 12, 2013.
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers at a UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin on Dec. 12, 2013.

UT-Austin Launches Center for Molding Athletes

The University of Texas at Austin announced on Monday it is launching a new center to help its players — and high school student athletes — develop life skills such as financial literacy and responsible decision making.

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers at a UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin on Dec. 12, 2013.
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers at a UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin on Dec. 12, 2013.

UT's Powers Calls for Rethinking How Tenure is Used

In his state of the university address on Monday, University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers called for rethinking who gets tenure, a topic he acknowledged was something of a "third rail for discussion" in academic circles.

UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster as UT Regents study tuition increases on May 14, 2014.
UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster as UT Regents study tuition increases on May 14, 2014.

Regents "Strongly Disagree" With Moody's Report

UPDATED: Two members of the University of Texas System Board of Regents on Tuesday said they were "disappointed" with a Moody's Investors Service analysis that determined recent conflicts within the system — including a legislative censure of Regent Wallace Hall — were "credit negative." 

 

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

Emails to UT System Show Outrage Over Ouster Ultimatum

The Texas Tribune reviewed more than 400 pages of emails sent to University of Texas System officials following news that the flagship's president was being given an ultimatum on his job. Most supported UT-Austin President Bill Powers, though there were exceptions. 

William H. McRaven
William H. McRaven

McRaven Named Sole Finalist for UT System Chancellor

The University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously named Admiral William H. McRaven the sole finalist to be the next chancellor of the system. McRaven, a Navy Seal and current Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, is perhaps best known for designing and coordinating the successful operation to kill Osama bin Laden.

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (left) and UT Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster are shown at the announcement of Cigarroa's resignation on Feb. 10, 2014.
UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (left) and UT Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster are shown at the announcement of Cigarroa's resignation on Feb. 10, 2014.

Transparency Committee to Question UT System Officials

High-ranking University of Texas System officials are expected to appear before the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Wednesday to answer questions about recent developments at UT-Austin.

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers spoke on June 24, 2013, about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Fisher v. UT-Austin.
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers spoke on June 24, 2013, about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Fisher v. UT-Austin.

Appeals Court: UT-Austin May Use Race in Admissions

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday — for the second time — that the University of Texas at Ausin may use race as an element of its admissions decisions for candidates not admitted via the state's Top Ten Percent Law.

Gov. Rick Perry points out his new glasses in a speech to the Texas Republican Convention on June 5, 2014.
Gov. Rick Perry points out his new glasses in a speech to the Texas Republican Convention on June 5, 2014.

Analysis: Not Bad, for a Lame Duck

The governor is coming to the end of his 14-year reign at the top of state governor, but Rick Perry is not showing the normal tendencies of a political short-timer. He was center stage on the national and state levels last week, in parleys with the president on border matters and, through his appointees, forcing changes at the University of Texas.

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

The Playlist: Quittin' Time

It was an intense week at the University of Texas System, culminating with the resignation of University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers. To mark the occasion, our playlist starts with Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Quittin' Time."

Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Attorney General Greg Abbott, speaks to crowd at Lavazza Coffee House on Congress Avenue, a few blocks away from Paramount Theater where President Obama was scheduled to speak later in the day. July 10th, 2014
Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Attorney General Greg Abbott, speaks to crowd at Lavazza Coffee House on Congress Avenue, a few blocks away from Paramount Theater where President Obama was scheduled to speak later in the day. July 10th, 2014

The Brief: Abbott Puts $50M Price Tag on Surge of Child Migrants

Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has put a price tag on the cost to Texas taxpayers of the surge of unaccompanied minors across the border.

UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster as UT Regents study tuition increases on May 14, 2014.
UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster as UT Regents study tuition increases on May 14, 2014.

Foster: UT Community Must "Re-establish Some Decorum"

A fraught week culminated in a relatively collegial meeting of the University of Texas System Board of Regents on Thursday, after which Chairman Paul Foster said it was time for the board and extended UT community to "re-establish some decorum."