Bill Powers, University Of Texas President, Clashes
With Rick Perry Over Tuition Hikes
The Huffington Post | By
Students are rallying to make sure University of Texas
President Bill Powers doesn't lose his job
over a clash with Gov. Rick Perry and his appointees on the Board of
Last week, the Regents denied Powers' request for a 2.6 percent
tuition hike for UT undergrads. Instead they directed UT to
use $6.6 million from the system's higher education endowment, which
Powers criticized as a temporary fix.
"There is a tremendous difference between one-time
allocations and solid, recurring allocations," Powers said.
On Wednesday, Texas Monthly reported
Regents chairman Gene Powell had asked UT Chancellor
Francisco Cigarroa to fire Powers, in part due to his criticism of the
decision by the Regents against tuition increases.
Regents Commended for Standing Up to Powers
Americans for Prosperity
| By William Lutz
May 2, 2012 is a historic day for the University of
Texas. For decades, University of Texas regents blindly followed the
University of Texas at Austin president, no matter where he led,
viewing their role largely as either honorary or as fundraisers.
For the first time in at least two decades, the regents
said no, publicly rejecting a 2.5 percent tuition increase proposed by
President William Powers, Jr. In so doing, the regents said yes to Rick
Perry – the elected governor of Texas – and yes to the idea that
regents should manage state universities in the interest of the
taxpayers, parents, and voters of Texas
Let’s be clear, there is no need for a tuition increase,
and when the economy is in a deep recession is the wrong time to talk
about raising taxes and fees. Perry correctly advised regents not to
raise fees but instead to make better use of the monies universities