UT regents post notice for meeting tomorrow
Wed May 23, 2012 3:52 pm

Patricia Kilday Hart reported the development in the Houston Chronicle blog about two hours ago. She writes:

Remember those rumors that the University of Texas Board of Regents were considering firing UT-Austin President Bill Powers for “insubordination” after he mildly complained that they rejected a proposed tuition increase?  Everyone — including Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa denied that Powers’ job was in jeopardy.

But now that UT’s graduation is in the past (held last Saturday) and all the students have left town, the regents have decided to hold a special meeting.  Among the items that will be discussed:

U. T. System: Discussion and appropriate action regarding
individual personnel matters relating to appointment, employment,
evaluation, compensation, assignment, and duties of
presidents (academic and health institutions), U. T. System
Administration officers (Executive Vice Chancellors and Vice
Chancellors), other officers reporting directly to the Board
(Chancellor, General Counsel to the Board, and Chief Audit
Executive), and U. T. System and institutional employees

Personnel Matters Relating to Appointment, Employment,
Evaluation, Assignment, Duties, Discipline, or Dismissal of
Officers or Employees – Section 551.074

U. T. System: Discussion and appropriate action regarding
individual personnel matters relating to appointment, employment,
evaluation, compensation, assignment, and duties of
presidents (academic and health institutions), U. T. System
Administration officers (Executive Vice Chancellors and Vice
Chancellors), other officers reporting directly to the Board
(Chancellor, General Counsel to the Board, and Chief Audit
Executive), and U. T. System and institutional employees

Hart continues, "Obviously, someone’s head is on the chopping block. Ironically, commencement speaker last weekend was former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who said UT was “blessed” to have Powers’ as president."

* * * *

While the first thing most people are likely to conclude is that Bill Powers is the target of the "individual personnel matters" mentioned in the notice, a reliable source tells me that this is not the case. In fact, UT spokesman Gary Susswein confirmed to me this afternoon that the only agenda item that pertains to UT-Austin is extending the agreement to use the Cotton Bowl for the UT-OU game.

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