Getty Images Bill Powers's resignation will be effective June 2, 2014
UT Austin's beloved president submitted his resignation for June 2015 last Wednesday
afternoon, after being presented with an ultimatum to resign or be fired by the university's chancellor, Francisco Cigarroa.
As the university's Burnt Orange Nation reports:
The [Board of Regents] has been on a crusade to oust Powers for almost three years. It's leader is Rick Perry-appointee Wallace Hall, whose efforts to pin Powers down in an admission scandal have resulted in potential illegal activity and are grounds for impeachment.
Perry has publicly praised Hall for his valiant efforts in 'uncovering the truth.'
If there is evidence that Powers was involved in a scandal, it still hasn't been leaked to the media. Admissions director Kedra Ishop stepped down at the end of June, just days before the investigation was launched, to accept a position at Michigan -- which she described as a promotion.
This "admissions scandal" consists of allegations against Powers for supposedly admitting under-qualified students into the school because of their political connections according to Breitbart, who originally broke the story.
But more important than these politics, surely, is the effect Powers's resignation will have on the people the university is meant to serve -- namely, its students.
Hair Balls interviewed Houston-area Longhorns to get their input, and there seems to be a consensus among them: Powers is clearly an asset to the university, and students love him.More »