Texas university feud mirrors UVa crisis of 2012

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Monday, July 21, 2014

A protracted feud at the University of Texas at Austin seems to have a refrain similar to the 2012 leadership crisis at the University of Virginia.

UT Austin President Bill Powers this month announced he plans to retire in 2015. UT System Regent Wallace L. Hall accuses Powers of admitting underqualified students with political connections. In 2012, a movement spearheaded by former Rector Helen E. Dragas led to the ouster of UVa President Teresa A. Sullivan. Sullivan was reinstated 16 days later after massive outcry from the public.

Two years later, UVa largely has moved on, but some fundamental questions still have not been answered. The problems at the University of Texas at Austin aren’t close to being resolved. Both crises could have national implications for higher education.

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