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An effort was begun in June 2013 to try and impeach Hall from his position as Regent. Some legislators are justifying the impeachment under 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 of Texas|Governor]] [[Rick Perry|Rick Perry's]] office in April 2013 with the full list.<ref>[http://www.texastribune.org/2013/04/30/wallace-hall-updates-lawsuit-disclosures/ ''Texas Tribune'' "UT Regent Wallace Hall Updates Lawsuit Disclosures," April 30, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.realclearpolicy.com/articles/2013/08/15/the_campaign_against_wallace_hall_611.html ''Real Clear Policy'' "The Campaign Against Wallace Hall," August 15, 2013]</ref> No unelected official has ever been successfully impeached or removed from office.<ref>[http://www.news-journal.com/news/state/university-of-texas-regent-not-worried-by-impeachment-inquiry/article_0f6d751e-90c8-57b2-9515-304e25541a12.html ''News-Journal'' "University of Texas regent not worried by impeachment inquiry," September 9, 2013]</ref> [[Governor of Texas]] [[Rick Perry]]'s spokesperson said the investigations send a "chilling message" to gubernatorial appointees.<ref>[http://www.texastribune.org/2013/06/25/transparency-committee-mull-impeachment-ut-regent/ ''Texas Tribune'' "Transparency Committee to Mull Impeachment of UT Regent," June 25, 2013]</ref> He added that the investigation was "extraordinary political theater."<ref>[http://www.texastribune.org/2013/10/30/perry-blasts-impeachment-probe-wallace-hall/ ''Texas Tribune'' "Perry Blasts Impeachment Probe of Wallace Hall," October 30, 2013]</ref>
 
An effort was begun in June 2013 to try and impeach Hall from his position as Regent. Some legislators are justifying the impeachment under 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 of Texas|Governor]] [[Rick Perry|Rick Perry's]] office in April 2013 with the full list.<ref>[http://www.texastribune.org/2013/04/30/wallace-hall-updates-lawsuit-disclosures/ ''Texas Tribune'' "UT Regent Wallace Hall Updates Lawsuit Disclosures," April 30, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.realclearpolicy.com/articles/2013/08/15/the_campaign_against_wallace_hall_611.html ''Real Clear Policy'' "The Campaign Against Wallace Hall," August 15, 2013]</ref> No unelected official has ever been successfully impeached or removed from office.<ref>[http://www.news-journal.com/news/state/university-of-texas-regent-not-worried-by-impeachment-inquiry/article_0f6d751e-90c8-57b2-9515-304e25541a12.html ''News-Journal'' "University of Texas regent not worried by impeachment inquiry," September 9, 2013]</ref> [[Governor of Texas]] [[Rick Perry]]'s spokesperson said the investigations send a "chilling message" to gubernatorial appointees.<ref>[http://www.texastribune.org/2013/06/25/transparency-committee-mull-impeachment-ut-regent/ ''Texas Tribune'' "Transparency Committee to Mull Impeachment of UT Regent," June 25, 2013]</ref> He added that the investigation was "extraordinary political theater."<ref>[http://www.texastribune.org/2013/10/30/perry-blasts-impeachment-probe-wallace-hall/ ''Texas Tribune'' "Perry Blasts Impeachment Probe of Wallace Hall," October 30, 2013]</ref>
  
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Richard Legon, president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, criticized the impeachment process in a November interview with the ''Austin American Statesman''. He called the impeachment process the "nuclear option" and said it could send a chilling signal to other members of higher education boards. Legon suggested that the board should have first been given the opportunity to address Hall's requests. "It’s fine for a board member to seek information through the appropriate path. The first layer of reining in an overly aggressive board member should be the board," he said.<ref>[http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/a-ut-regent-impeachment-could-make-other-boards-ca/nb6QG/?icmp=statesman_internallink_textlink_apr2013_statesmanstubtomystatesman_launch ''Austin American Statesman'' "A UT regent impeachment could make other boards cautious, expert says," November 29, 2013]</ref>
 
In July 2013, University of Texas Chancellor [[Francisco Cigarroa]] and Regent [[Eugene 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 [[Texas House of Representatives|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.<ref>[http://www.texastribune.org/2013/07/16/ut-system-comes-regent-halls-defense/ ''Texas Tribune'' "UT System Pushes Back Against Criticism of Regent Hall," July 16, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://s3.amazonaws.com/static.texastribune.org/media/documents/0864_001.pdf ''University of Texas System'' "Letter from Eugene Powell to Jim Pitts," July 15, 2013]</ref>  
 
In July 2013, University of Texas Chancellor [[Francisco Cigarroa]] and Regent [[Eugene 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 [[Texas House of Representatives|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.<ref>[http://www.texastribune.org/2013/07/16/ut-system-comes-regent-halls-defense/ ''Texas Tribune'' "UT System Pushes Back Against Criticism of Regent Hall," July 16, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://s3.amazonaws.com/static.texastribune.org/media/documents/0864_001.pdf ''University of Texas System'' "Letter from Eugene Powell to Jim Pitts," July 15, 2013]</ref>  
  

Revision as of 18:00, 2 December 2013

The University of Texas System Board of Regents is the governing body for the University of Texas System. Regents serve six-year terms are are appointed by the Governor with confirmation of the State Senate. There is also a student regent who serves a one-year term.[1]

There are nine universities and six health institutions that are part of the University of Texas System. The Board meets regularly in February, May, July, August, November and December.[2]

The mission of the Office of the Board of Regents is "to serve the members of the Board and provide the information and support such that each Regent's governance of The University of Texas System is based upon an informed judgment."[3]

Current members

There are nine regents that compose the Texas Board of Regents.[1]

University of Texas System Board of Regents
Regent Appointed Term End Date
Eugene Powell Vice Chairman 2009 February 1, 2015
Steven Hicks Vice Chairman 2009 February 1, 2015
Robert Stillwell 2009 February 1, 2015
Wallace Hall 2011 February 1, 2017
Brenda Pejovich 2010 February 1, 2017
Alex Cranberg 2009 February 1, 2017
Paul Foster Chairman 2007 February 1, 2019
Ernest Aliseda 2013 February 1, 2019
Jeffery Hildebrand 2013 February 1, 2019

University of Texas investigations

See also: Wallace Hall impeachment trial

In 2013, regent Wallace Hall fell under investigation by a state house committee for possible impeachment, relating to various actions Hall had undertaken as regent.

After he was appointed in 2011, 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 and 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.[6][7]

An effort was begun in June 2013 to try and impeach Hall from his position as Regent. Some legislators are justifying the impeachment under 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.[8][9] No unelected official has ever been successfully impeached or removed from office.[10] Governor of Texas Rick Perry's spokesperson said the investigations send a "chilling message" to gubernatorial appointees.[11] He added that the investigation was "extraordinary political theater."[12]

Richard Legon, president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, criticized the impeachment process in a November interview with the Austin American Statesman. He called the impeachment process the "nuclear option" and said it could send a chilling signal to other members of higher education boards. Legon suggested that the board should have first been given the opportunity to address Hall's requests. "It’s fine for a board member to seek information through the appropriate path. The first layer of reining in an overly aggressive board member should be the board," he said.[13] In July 2013, University of Texas Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Regent Eugene 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.[14][15]

In a November 11, 2013 meeting, the Board of Regents voted to ask the Attorney General of Texas for an opinion regarding the release of confidential information for the investigation. The Board waived confidentiality for some records to be turned over to the committee, while seeking input about other pieces of information.[16] Paul Foster, Regent Chair, asked Attorney General of Texas Greg Abbott whether a House committee can hold University of Texas officials in contempt to the same extent as a district court.[17]

Committees

There are six standing committees within the Board of Regents.[18]

Academic Affairs

Audit, Compliance, and Management Review

Facilities Planning and Construction

Finance and Planning

Health Affairs

Technology Transfer and Research

External links

Meeting minutes

Contact

Ashbel Smith Hall, Suite 820
201 West 7th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

  • Phone: (512) 499-4402
  • Fax: (512) 499-4425
  • Email: bor@utsystem.edu

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 University of Texas System "Current Regents," Accessed October 31, 2013
  2. University of Texas System "Regent Meetings," Accessed October 31, 2013
  3. http://www.utsystem.edu/sites/utsfiles/offices/board-of-regents/files/MissionStatements.pdf University of Texas System "Mission Statements," Accessed October 31, 2013
  4. American Spectator "Transparency for Thee," October 25, 2013
  5. Daily Texas Online "Facing impeachment, Regent Wallace Hall defends actions in debate with Sen. Kirk Watson," September 28, 2013
  6. Daily Texas Online "Former UT System vice chancellor alleges Regent Wallace Hall’s ‘clear intent to get rid of Bill Powers’," October 24, 2013
  7. Dallas Morning News "UT regent sought 800,000 documents, official says in impeachment hearing," October 22, 2013
  8. Texas Tribune "UT Regent Wallace Hall Updates Lawsuit Disclosures," April 30, 2013
  9. Real Clear Policy "The Campaign Against Wallace Hall," August 15, 2013
  10. News-Journal "University of Texas regent not worried by impeachment inquiry," September 9, 2013
  11. Texas Tribune "Transparency Committee to Mull Impeachment of UT Regent," June 25, 2013
  12. Texas Tribune "Perry Blasts Impeachment Probe of Wallace Hall," October 30, 2013
  13. Austin American Statesman "A UT regent impeachment could make other boards cautious, expert says," November 29, 2013
  14. Texas Tribune "UT System Pushes Back Against Criticism of Regent Hall," July 16, 2013
  15. University of Texas System "Letter from Eugene Powell to Jim Pitts," July 15, 2013
  16. Houston Chronicle "UT regents seek AG opinion on legislative info requests," November 11, 2013
  17. Dallas Morning News "UT wants attorney general’s opinion: Can House committee punish for contempt?," November 14, 2013
  18. University of Texas System "Board Committees," Accessed October 31, 2013