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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT WILLIAM POWERS


On behalf of the Faculty Council Executive Committee, Dr. Hillary Hart (civil, architectural, and environmental engineering) submitted the following statement in support of President William Powers. It was transmitted to members of the Faculty Council and to the General Faculty at large on July 5, 2014.
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Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT WILLIAM POWERS
July 4, 2014

We understand from news articles that were posted this afternoon that UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa has delivered an ultimatum to University of Texas at Austin President William Powers to resign his position immediately or be fired.  We further understand that the Chancellor has provided no rationale for this action.  On behalf of the General Faculty of UT Austin, the Faculty Council Executive Committee unanimously reiterates its strong support for the presidency of William Powers who, under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, has fulfilled his position with distinction.  He has greatly enhanced the quality and stature of the institution's undergraduate education, its graduate programs, its research mission, its commitment to medical education and care, and its service to the community and to higher education generally.  This year his alma mater, the Texas Legislature, and the prestigious American Association of Universities, which he now serves as chair, have honored him.  As his colleagues, we are proud to acknowledge and honor his remarkable and distinguished achievements as we place our full support behind his continued presidency of The University of Texas at Austin.


UT Austin Faculty Council Executive Committee:
Hillary Hart, 2013-14 chair, civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
William Beckner, 2014-15 chair, mathematics
Andrea Gore, 2014-15 chair elect, pharmacy
Martha Hilley, 2012-13 chair, music
Dean Neikirk, secretary, electrical and computer engineering
Brian Evans, electrical and computer engineering
Elizabeth Gershoff, human development and family sciences
Susan Klein, law
Michael White, classics
Posted on the Faculty Council website on July 5, 2014.