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    President Powers Named UC Berkeley Alumnus of the Year

    Published: March 26

    UT President Bill Powers

    On March 22, University of Texas president Bill Powers received the University of California Berkeley Alumnus of the Year award, in recognition of his work as a champion for public higher education, legal scholar and university leader.

    In winning the award, Powers joins an esteemed list of recipients including writer Joan Didion, U.S. Treasury secretary W. Michael Blumenthal and former U.S. Defense secretary Robert McNamara.

    “Cal did for me what I’ve seen UT do for tens of thousands of students while I’ve been here,” Powers told the Alcalde blog in October, when news of the award was first announced. “It exposed me to ideas and experiences that I never dreamed about in high school, and I think that is the foundation for living a useful and meaningful life.”

    After graduating from Cal in 1967 with his bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Powers went on to a career that included serving in the Navy, editing the Harvard Law Review and working as a legal consultant to the U.S. Congress and the Brazilian legislature.

    In 2001, Powers chaired a special committee investigating the financial transactions of Enron Corp. The final document, the eponymous Powers Report, is now considered the definitive study of the fiscal malfeasance that led to the downfall of Enron and foreshadowed the financial crises of the subsequent years.

    One of the nation’s foremost scholars in personal injury and product liability, Powers joined the faculty of the UT School of Law in 1977. He later served as dean of the law school and in 2006 was appointed president of the university. He also serves as UT’s Regent’s Chair in Higher Education Leadership. In the fall of 2013 he was selected as chair of the Association of American Universities, a nonprofit association of North America’s preeminent universities.

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      Joy said on April 21 at 1:54 a.m.
      Many congratulation to Mr. Bill Powers, he is really an asset to this esteemed institution. This was really well deserved and was honored to the right person to whom it belongs!!
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      William Buck said on April 3 at 2:23 p.m.
      I graduated from UT School of Law in 1979. Professor Powers taught Conflicts of Laws I believe in the Spring of 1979. I think it was the first semester he taught at UT. I realized even then that he did not teach like the other law professors. His lectures were clear. He did not try to hide the ball. He was my best law school professor even if my grade did not show it in his class. Plus you could tell he was a good person. I have watched his career rise from afar for many years. Congrads to President Powers.
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      Bob Peterson said on April 3 at 12:32 p.m.
      Congratulations on your latest honor as the UC Berkeley Alumnus of the Year. I am personally grateful for your leadership at the University of Texas that has produced excellence in the eyes of the world. Your accomplishments at UT are too numerous to list in this forum, but you have tackled every challenge with success. Thanks for all you do!
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      J Richard McMillan said on April 3 at 10:57 a.m.
      Bill Powers elevated first, the UT Law School and the UT as its primary visionary, overcoming many roadblocks along the way. Congratulations for a well deserved honor. J Richard McMillan Attorney at Law and UT Law graduate
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      Salomon Stavchansky said on March 26 at 9:54 p.m.
      Please add my congratulations to the many others that you will be receiving these days because of being named UC Berkeley Alumnus of the year, a very distinguished recognition. I too was at Berkeley during the 60's, and I was also chemistry major! You are indeed correct when you stated in your video that it was exciting being in Berkeley during the 60's, but I suspect that for many students in the University of Texas, under your leadership, it is an equal or better experience than Berkeley in the 60's. Thank you for what you do everyday for the students, staff and faculty of our great university. Hook'Em Sol
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      Desmond Lawler said on March 26 at 8:55 p.m.
      Congratulations, Bill, and thanks for your tremendous leadership here at UT. This award from Berkeley is a fantastic and well-deserved recognition for you personally, but also reflects the stature of UT that you have helped us achieve.
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