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.

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Video: Cracking the Higher Ed Completion Code

At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, I talked about the challenge of increasing higher ed outcomes with Chancellor Brian McCall of the Texas State University System; Elaine Mendoza, vice chair of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents; former University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; and Wynn Rosser, CEO of the Greater Texas Foundation.

 

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

UT System Sues Ken Paxton to Stop Records Release

The University of Texas System is suing Attorney General Ken Paxton over his office's ruling that the system must release certain records related to an admissions investigation of the University of Texas at Austin. 

 

University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall talks with colleague Gene Powell during a break at a regents' meeting  on May 14, 2014.
University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall talks with colleague Gene Powell during a break at a regents' meeting on May 14, 2014.

UT System: Hall Doesn't Have Right to Sue McRaven

The University of Texas System, seeking to dismiss a lawsuit from Regent Wallace Hall against Chancellor William McRaven, says in a court filing that Hall is, in short, suing McRaven "for refusing to violate federal and state privacy laws."

UT-Austin President Bill Powers is shown at a hearing of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Dec. 18, 2013.
UT-Austin President Bill Powers is shown at a hearing of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Dec. 18, 2013.

UT's Powers Touts Gains, Has No Regrets

Outgoing UT-Austin President Bill Powers said this week that he felt he always acted in the best interest of the school and is proud of the reforms he helped implement. He also defended his actions related to university admissions.   

Members listen to committee reports at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.
Members listen to committee reports at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.

To What Degree Should Regents Get Involved?

Texas law isn't specific about how public university system regents should do their jobs. So regents are largely left to interpret their roles themselves. With some taking a more hands-on approach, debate has grown about the role of regents.

Dreamer Jesus Trevino, waits his turn to testify  during the Senate committee hearing on April 6th, 2015
Dreamer Jesus Trevino, waits his turn to testify during the Senate committee hearing on April 6th, 2015

The Brief: Dream Act Supporters Talk Past Midnight

A Senate subcommittee hearing legislation that would repeal the state's 2001 law offering in-state tuition to certain undocumented Texas high school graduates lasted well past the midnight hour as dozens of witnesses testified against the bill.

University of Texas President Bill Powers speaks to Provost Gregory Fenves during a board of regents meeting on July 10, 2014.
University of Texas President Bill Powers speaks to Provost Gregory Fenves during a board of regents meeting on July 10, 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 in the search to replace UT-Austin President Bill Powers, but faculty leaders say he has the skills to thrive in the top spot. 

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.

Retired Admiral William McRaven, shown last year, took over as chancellor of the UT System on Jan. 5.
Retired Admiral William McRaven, shown last year, took over as chancellor of the UT System on Jan. 5.

Wasting Little Time, McRaven Plots His Course

Four days into his new job atop the UT System, Chancellor William McRaven likens it to his days as a Navy admiral. Trust helps, conflicts need to be settled and the troops — now it's the students — come first.

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 UT System Board of Regents on Tuesday said they were "disappointed" with a Moody's Investors Service analysis that determined recent conflicts within the system were "credit negative."