When a dozen state senators and the lieutenant governor rose up last month to defend the president of the University of Texas against the school’s governing board, many observers were stunned. But it was just another, albeit the most dramatic, development in a long-running conflict between the UT System Board of Regents and President Bill Powers.
The UT president and his bosses have clashed on numerous issues in recent years, including tuition, faculty productivity and even the question of whether the university’s fundraising office should be led by a vice president or someone with a different title.
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Ralph K.M. Haurwitz has covered the University of Texas and other public universities since 2004 and has written extensively about their governing practices.