University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall Jr. acted unlike regents before him and might have overstepped his bounds — and state statutes that define a regent’s role, according to a former UT System vice chancellor who served for eight years as the system’s general counsel.
Barry Burgdorf was one of three witnesses to provide testimony Wednesday in a Texas House panel’s investigation into whether Hall ought to be impeached, a punishment that would be unprecedented in the state’s history for an appointed official. Two other witnesses, both officials in the state’s appointment process, testified that they did not believe Hall intentionally failed to note a number of business-related lawsuits on his application to be a regent.
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