In a rare split vote that underscored deep divisions, the University of Texas System Board of Regents voted Wednesday to hire outside experts to review the UT School of Law’s use of donated money.
The 4-3 vote — Regent Printice Gary and regents Chairman Gene Powell were absent — came a day after a special House-Senate panel in the Legislature held its first hearing on higher education governance. A member of that panel, Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, who is the chief budget writer in the House, charged that UT regents are engaged in a “witch hunt” to drive out Bill Powers, president of the Austin flagship.
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