Bill Powers, president of the University of Texas, has picked up a couple of honors lately.
Last month, he was elected vice chairman of the Association of American Universities, the premier organization of major research schools. That puts him in line to serve a one-year term as chairman of the AAU, which has 61 member schools. Besides UT, the other Texas members are Rice University and Texas A&M University.
In honoring Powers, the association seems to be sending a signal of support for the UT president, who has stood up from time to time in the past 18 months or so against some of the policies advanced by the administration of Gov. Rick Perry and his appointees to the UT System Board of Regents.
Powers has questioned the regents’ push to quantify the costs and revenues associated with each faculty member, the regents’ $10 million investment in course-planning company MyEdu Corp. and the regents’ decision to reject his proposed tuition increase, which Perry also had opposed.