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I Support Bill Powers

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For three years, UT Austin has been the subject of a politically motivated campaign to attack and discredit our President, Bill Powers. During his tenure, President Powers has advanced UT Austin in remarkable ways including reforming our core curriculum, creating the first medical school at a tier one university in over 50 years, and successfully leading a three billion dollar capital campaign. President Powers was also elected by fellow university presidents to be Chairman of the Association of American Universities, a group of the 61 leading universities in the nation. Despite leading UT Austin to such significant accomplishments, being recognized as a national leader in higher education, and enjoying strong support from students, faculty, staff, and alumni, Chancellor Cigarroa has issued an ultimatum to President Powers: resign or be fired on July 10.

This isn't the first time we've heard these rumors and they always arise in the summer, a deliberate attempt by the Board of Regents to hide from the university community while so many are away for the summer. Longhorns, President Powers has stood up for us time and time again.It's time to stand with him. Contact Chancellor Cigarroa (chancellor@utsystem.edu)to express your support and Stand with President Powers. #StandwithPowers

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  • Gerald Johnson
    Gerald Johnson United States, Austin
    Apr 06, 2015
    Apr 06, 2015
    Texas Student Media will be publishing a commemorative edition, "Powers Retrospective" on May 22. Content will be culled from the Daily Texan and Cactus, produced during his nine-year term. You can 'sign' the publication at farewellpowers.com and support student media at the same time.
  • Joelle Zigman
    Joelle Zigman United States, Austin
    Jul 10, 2014
    Jul 10, 2014
    As a UT grad student at the Butler School of Music, I definitely support President Powers. If Rick Perry had his way with disciplines being rewarded based on ROIs, the music school would be doomed.
  • Scott A. Bayley
    Scott A. Bayley United States, Walnut Creek
    Jul 09, 2014
    Jul 09, 2014
    My wife, Kimberly, and I are graduates of the McCombs School and Life a Members of Texas Exes. We are active with Texas Parents, serving on the Advisory Board, and we have two children currently enrolled at UT Austin. We are dismayed and disappointed about the BoR and Chancellor's attempts to oust President Bill Powers. We have witnessed first-hand the powerful leadership and vision that President Powers provides to UT. We fully support President Powers and believe he should be allowed to complete his service to the University on a timetable that is appropriate for a gifted and talented leader.
  • Ryan Gauna
    Ryan Gauna United States
    Jul 09, 2014
    Jul 09, 2014
    I sent the following letter to my state representative and senator:

    The Honorable ________:

    I am writing you today to express my disapproval of the recent actions of the UT BOR and Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa's decision to force President Bill Powers' resignation. This request comes on the heels of his previous voiced support for the president approximately seven months ago. His stated reason is short on details and heavy on broad and vague statements.

    If there is new information that requires Powers' resignation or termination, the chancellor should provide full details which is quite reasonable considering the ongoing pressure from some regents to push the president out. A decision to terminate without conveying indisputable facts of poor job performance or inappropriate behavior will harm the university, make it very difficult to find a strong successor and set a terrible precedent--that decisions made by higher education administrators running counter to political headwinds will result in termination.

    I ask for you to voice your support of President Powers and to let members of the UT BOR and the chancellor know that I, along with countless other UT alums in your district, reject political meddling and micromanagement of one of our state's most valuable assets--The University of Texas at Austin.

    Sincerely,

    Ryan R. Gauna
    UT-Austin Class of 1997
    Texas Longhorns Varsity Letterman - 1993-1997
    T-Association Member
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