UT Board Welcomes Two New Members; Third Faces Probe

Jul 10, 2013

The University of Texas System Board of Regents meets Wednesday in Austin, welcoming two new members while a third faces attempts by a powerful state lawmaker to have him removed.

Gov. Rick Perry's appointments of Jeff Hildebrand of Houston and Ernest Aliseda of McAllen were confirmed by the Senate in May after months of squabbling between lawmakers and the board over the performance of popular Austin campus president Bill Powers.

Regent Wallace Hall of Dallas is the subject of a House impeachment investigation.

Rep. Jim Pitts, chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee asked for the investigation. He questions Hall's continued use of massive open records requests for documents searching for information Powers, other school officials and legislators.

Pitts has called Hall's efforts a "witch hunt" to remove Powers.

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