University of Texas System regents are expected to elect Paul L. Foster as their chairman on Thursday, opening a new and perhaps less rocky chapter in the governing board’s relationship with lawmakers, alumni and the Austin flagship.
Foster, a business executive and philanthropist from El Paso, is currently a vice chairman of the Board of Regents and chairman of its investment arm. He was named a regent by Gov. Rick Perry in 2007 and was reappointed in February for a term that ends in 2019.
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Ralph K.M. Haurwitz has covered Texas higher education since 2004 and has written extensively about its governing practices. Read previous coverage of the UT System with this story at mystatesman.com.