University of Texas System regents met Wednesday for the first time since one of their members became the focus of possible impeachment proceedings.
There was a surreal quality to the meeting — not for what was said, but for what wasn’t said: No one mentioned the unusual development or the uncertain future of Regent Wallace Hall Jr.
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There will be no across-the-board raises for University of Texas faculty and staff members for the budget year that begins Sept. 1, according to UT President Bill Powers.
Although the Legislature increased funding for the university’s general use by about $25 million for the next two years, that must be seen against the backdrop of a $92 million cut in state funding during the past two years, Powers said in an email this week to university employees.
“Furthermore, a large portion ofnew state revenue must be used to pay for increases in the cost of employee benefits and other requirements,” Powers said. “Meanwhile, our tuition revenue is largely flat.”
He said deans and vice presidents could grant raises based on merit or equity within the constraints of the budgets for their units.
University spokesman Gary Susswein said the units sometimes cut spending on travel or leave positions vacant to free up funds for some raises.