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University of Texas President Bill Powers Hospitalized

University of Texas President Bill Powers has been hospitalized with a pulmonary embolism.

Bill Powers speaks about budget cuts at The University of Texas on Tuesday, February 2nd.

University of Texas President Bill Powers has been hospitalized with a pulmonary embolism, which is a blockage of the arteries in the lung.

The following memo was distributed this morning among a group of university officials:

"During a medical examination this morning, it was discovered that President Powers has a pulmonary embolism.  He is being treated but will need to remain in the hospital for the remainder of this week for observation and rest.  At this time, we expect his return to the office next week and will notify you if there are any changes."

He was expected to testify before the Senate Finance Committee this week. That hearing has been tentatively rescheduled to February 15. State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, who sits on the committee, says "If he's not ready then, we'll just hear him later at his convenience. We don't want to add to his stress."

He was also scheduled to appear at a TribLive event Wednesday with R. Bowen Loftin, the president of Texas A&M University. The event will be rescheduled for a later date.

Powers is currently at St. David's South Austin Medical Center.

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