Bill Powers came to UT Law School while I was attending the school – 1977. My recollection of him was a charming young guy and that reputation has persisted to this day while he serves as president of UT Austin. He reminds me of President Obama. But there was an article in today’s SA Express-News indicating that he has been asked to quit or be fired from his job. Why?
According to news reports, Powers is in trouble ostensibly for complicity in securing preferential admissions treatment for students of influential people – specifically, by forwarding preference-seeking letters (without comment) to admissions personnel and by falsely advising the influential people that he would keep an eye on the handling of their student’s review by admissions personnel.
In Texas, this sort of influence peddling is usually tolerated. So the real questions are which powers want Powers out and why.