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A UT regent impeachment could make other boards cautious, expert saysRalph Haurwitz | Austin American-StatesmanRichard D. Legon, president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, doesn't know Wallace Hall Jr. Or every detail of Hall's activities as a University of Texas System regent that have prompted a legislative investigation. But Legon said he knows this: "The first layer of reining in an overly aggressive board member should be the board." UT System Regent Wallace L. Hall Jr. looks on during an audit committee meeting in March. e described impeachment, which Hall could potentially face, as "the nuclear option" and said it could send a chilling signal to members of higher education governing boards.Legon, who was in Austin recently to speak to new members of state university and community college governing boards undergoing required orientation, made the comments in an interview with the American-Statesman. His Washington-based association, whose members include more than 1,250 colleges, universities and higher education foundation boards, works to strengthen and protect governing boards. The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations is in the midst of a months-long inquiry into Hall's massive requests for records from the Austin campus, his handling of confidential information that he received about students and other activities. The regent and his supporters say he has raised questions about the university's handling of records requests, political influence over admissions and a loan program for law professors.
Paredes: Meeting Goals Will Require Big Changes
Reeve Hamilton | The Texas TribuneTexas will have to do things dramatically differently if the state is to meet its higher education goals, Raymund Paredes the state commissioner said during his annual State of Higher Education address on Friday. A 15-year plan called "Closing the Gaps," which was launched in 2000 to bring the state up to parity with other large states in terms of postsecondary productivity, is coming to an end, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is working on rolling out the next longterm plan.Paredes said the state has come a long way over the last 13 years but still has a long way to go. That's where the new plan comes in.