Ernest Aliseda

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Ernest Aliseda
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University of Texas Board of Regents
Incumbent
In office
February 2013-Present
Term ends
February 2019
Years in position 1
PartyNon-partisan
Elections and appointments
AppointedFebruary 2013
Appointed byRick Perry
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University
J.D.University of Houston Law Center
Websites
Office website
Ernest Aliseda is a member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents. Aliseda was appointed to a six-year term in February 2013 by Rick Perry (R).[1]

Biography

Aliseda was raised in McAllen, Texas and graduated from McAllen Memorial High School in 1984.[2] He earned his Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.[1][2]

He served as State District Judge for both the 398th (appointed in 1994 by then-Governor George W. Bush) and 139th (appointed by Governor Perry in 2004) State District Courts.[1][2] In 2008 and 2009, he served as the Chief of Federal Litigation for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate of the Army XVIII Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

Presently, Aliseda is the Managing Attorney for the Loya Insurance Group.[1] He also serves as an assistant municipal judge in McAllen and as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves, Judge Advocate General Corps.[1][3]

According to The Daily Texan, Aliseda has donated significantly less to Perry's gubernatorial campaigns than other appointees - $1,000 since 2000.[3][4]

Wallace Hall impeachment


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University of Texas Investigations

Background
Wallace Hall impeachment trialPolitical favoritism in admissions to the University of TexasForgivable loans program at the University of Texas Law School House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations (TSAO)Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Ed Governance, Excellence & Transparency

UT Regents
Wallace HallPaul FosterEugene PowellSteven HicksErnest AlisedaJeffery HildebrandBrenda PejovichAlex CranbergRobert Stillwell

Elected Officials
Rick PerryJoe StrausCharles PerryTrey FischerDan FlynnNaomi GonzalezEric JohnsonLyle LarsonCarol AlvaradoFour PriceJim PittsDan Branch

UT Individuals
Bill PowersLarry SagerBarry BurgdorfKevin HegartyFrancisco CigarroaCarol Longoria
See also: Wallace Hall impeachment trial

After he was appointed in 2011, University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall began looking into what he believed to be clout scandals within the University of Texas system. Hall investigated the university's forgivable-loans program, admissions policies and preferential treatment to politically-connected individuals.[5] Hall, as an individual citizen, filed a large number of FOIA requests with the University system after his inquiries via his role as a Regent were rebuffed.[6] According to his accusers, Hall filed requests of more than 800,000 pages, which some Texas administrators called an unnecessary burden.[7][8] However, a letter from University chancellor Francisco Cigarroa in February 2014 said that Hall likely requested fewer than 100,000 pages.[9][10] In addition, Cigarroa wrote: "During testimony before the Select Committee, some early witnesses implied that the U.T. System has not protected the privacy rights of students, staff, and patients. This is simply not true."[11]

An effort was begun in June 2013 to try and impeach Hall from his position as Regent. Some legislators are justifying the impeachment on the grounds that Hall did not disclose several lawsuits that he was involved in when he originally completed his Regent background check. Hall updated Governor Rick Perry's office in April 2013 with the full list.[12][13] No unelected official in Texas has ever been successfully impeached or removed from office.[14] Governor of Texas Rick Perry's spokesperson said the investigations send a "chilling message" to gubernatorial appointees.[15] He added that the investigation was "extraordinary political theater."[16]

In July 2013, University of Texas Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Powell responded to the ongoing investigation and negative remarks against Hall from some elected officials and University of Texas staff. Cigarroa said Hall was not allowed to access anything that was not reviewed by University lawyers to ensure they met federal privacy standards. In a July 15, 2013 letter to state representative Jim Pitts, Powell wrote: "Regent Hall's efforts extend to bringing the U.T. System into a competitive position nationally; especially related to offering blended and online learning opportunities to U.T. students. I would point out Regent Hall's excellent service to the Board in terms of time and energy. I appreciate his Board service and his dedication and hard work designed to fulfill his fiduciary obligations.[17][18] He added: "I am aware of no instance of Regent Hall inappropriately sharing information that is confidential by law with others outside U.T. System and encourage you to identify any specific concerns you have in this area," Hall investigated the university's forgivable-loans program, admissions policies and preferential treatment to politically-connected individuals.[19]

Regents committees

Aliseda serves on the following Board standing committees:[20]

  • Academic Affairs
  • Facilities Planning and Construction
  • Health Affairs
  • Technology Transfer and Research

Personal

Aliseda is married to his wife, Debbie. They have five children.[1]

See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 University of Texas System, "Ernest Aliseda Biography," accessed October 31, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hidalgo County, Texas, "Resolution in Honor of U.T. Regent Ernest Aliseda," June 25, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Daily Texan, "10 things you didn't know about regent appointees Ernest Aliseda, Jeff Hildebrand," May 20, 2013
  4. The Dallas Morning News Trailblazers Blog, "Gov. Perry appoints three members to UT Board of Regents," February 21, 2013
  5. American Spectator, "Transparency for Thee," October 25, 2013
  6. Daily Texas Online, "Facing impeachment, Regent Wallace Hall defends actions in debate with Sen. Kirk Watson," September 28, 2013
  7. Daily Texas Online, "Former UT System vice chancellor alleges Regent Wallace Hall’s ‘clear intent to get rid of Bill Powers’," October 24, 2013
  8. Dallas Morning News, "UT regent sought 800,000 documents, official says in impeachment hearing," October 22, 2013
  9. Watchdog, "‘Witch hunt’ fallout: Speaker calls for narrower public records law," February 5, 2014
  10. Texas Tribune, "UT System Responds to Transparency Committee Directives," February 3, 2014
  11. Texas Tribune, "Cigarroa letter to the Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations," February 1, 2014
  12. Texas Tribune, "UT Regent Wallace Hall Updates Lawsuit Disclosures," April 30, 2013
  13. Real Clear Policy, "The Campaign Against Wallace Hall," August 15, 2013
  14. News-Journal, "University of Texas regent not worried by impeachment inquiry," September 9, 2013
  15. Texas Tribune, "Transparency Committee to Mull Impeachment of UT Regent," June 25, 2013
  16. Texas Tribune, "Perry Blasts Impeachment Probe of Wallace Hall," October 30, 2013
  17. Texas Tribune, "UT System Pushes Back Against Criticism of Regent Hall," July 16, 2013
  18. University of Texas System, "Letter from Eugene Powell to Jim Pitts," July 15, 2013
  19. American Spectator, "Transparency for Thee," October 25, 2013
  20. University of Texas System, "Board Committees," accessed October 31, 2013