The new chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents pledged Thursday to ease tensions with the Austin flagship and expressed support for its president.
Paul L. Foster, a businessman and philanthropist from El Paso, was unanimously elected by his fellow regents, as expected. He succeeds Gene Powell, a land developer and entrepreneur from San Antonio whose tenure since February 2011 has been punctuated by stormy relations with UT-Austin, lawmakers and alumni.
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