Kevin Hegarty

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Kevin Hegarty
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University of Texas, Austin
Vice President
In office
October 2001-Present
Base salary$381,023[1]
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas, Austin
Master'sUniversity of Texas, Austin
Office website
Kevin Hegarty is vice president of the University of Texas, Austin. Hegarty took office in October 2001.[2]

Vice Presidency

According to the official Texas website, Hegarty describes his positions as follows:

"In my role as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, I hold responsibility for the financial integrity of the University, serve as financial controller with responsibility to certify revenue and expenditures, and have responsibility for optimal management of the University's cash balances and reserves. I also have responsibility for managing the financial operations and procurement."[3]

Regent records request

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.[4] 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.[5] Hall filed requests of more than 800,000 pages, which some Texas administrators called an unnecessary burden. Hall has been accused of overstepping his authority in making demands on the University of Texas, Austin staff. Specifically, the allegations surround possible mishandling of private student information and providing inadequate information on his application to be a regent.[6][7][8]

On August 5, 2013, Hegarty announced that the records requests from Hall would be canceled immediately.[9] In August 2013, Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa recommended a "targeted compliance review" of how officials at the University of Texas, Austin were handling public record requests. In August 2013, the University of Texas System Board of Regents approved two measures to reform problems that Hall had discovered in his investigations. The regents voted to enact a new policy regarding the relationship between universities and foundations. Additionally, the regents approved an audit into how officials respond to public information requests.[10] The University of Texas is required to seek approval from Attorney General of Texas Greg Abbott regarding whether information could be kept confidential from a records request. The process often takes months to complete. In 2008, University of Texas Austin referred one request to Abbott's office. In 2013, it referred 84 different requests, according to the Dallas Morning News. Hegarty said that the university reviews requests prior to seeking an opinion from the attorney general.[11]

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