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Special called meeting of the UT Board of Regents where they named J.B Milliken as the new Chancellor on August 4, 2018
Texas 2022 Elections

Two-thirds of board members overseeing Texas public universities are Abbott donors. They’re not shy about wielding influence.

High-money donors are concentrated on larger boards, including those of the University of Texas System and Texas A&M University System.

From left: Tilman Fertitta, Kelcy Warren, Robert Albritton and Javaid Anwar.
John Sharp, Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, speaks during a Texas A&M Board of Regents meeting at the PalmWood event and conference center inside the Frost Tower in downtown Fort Worth, on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Ben Torres for The Texas Tribune

A lack of diversity

Sen. Kevin Eltife R-Tyler

“They like the prestige”

An empty stadium and empty surrounding streets roughly 90 minutes before kickoff for the first home football game of the season at the University of Texas at Austin on Sep 12, 2020.
Gov. Greg Abbott watches on the sidelines Texas' game against Louisiana State on Sept. 7, 2019 in Austin.

“Appearance of pay-to-play”

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