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Bill Powers' counter-proposal to Francisco Cigarroa

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Not this year?

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

This was from a couple of days ago but just wanted to put it up in the storystream.

From The Texas Tribune.

This sentiment was reiterated by Hunter Rawlings, the president of the Association of American Universities, an elite, high-profile organization of top research universities, of which Powers is currently chairman.

In a statement, Rawlings noted Powers' long-standing tension with current UT System regents, all of whom were appointed by Gov. Rick Perry.

"I thought the State of Texas had in the past two years reached the outer limit of political intrusion into academic institutions," Rawlings said, "but apparently not: now a board appointed by a lame duck Governor, and, astonishingly, a lame duck Chancellor, are threatening to oust a highly accomplished and popular president of Texas’ flagship university, and a national leader in higher education."

Again, NO POLITICS is the idea around here. We realize this nudges close to the third rail but it's important enough to keep discussing. Let's try to do it the right way.