Media Advisory: UT Austin President Bill Powers to Speak at Texas AP Convention

April 4, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers will speak about UT Austin’s role in the national higher education dialogue at the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Convention on Saturday, April 6.

Powers will discuss new initiatives on campus and how the university — already among the top-ranked globally — is working to improve graduation rates, develop new research and technology, encourage innovation and become even more efficient in its use of public funds. He will answer questions from the audience as well.

Event: Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Convention

When: Saturday, April 6, at noon

Where: St. Anthony Riverwalk Wyndham Hotel
300 E. Travis St.
San Antonio, Texas 78205

Background/Additional Information: Bill Powers is the 28th president of The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to becoming president, he served as the dean of UT’s School of Law. As president, Powers has focused on building support for higher education throughout Texas, elevating the university's academic standing to the best in the nation among public universities, recruiting a diverse student body and faculty, and reforming the undergraduate core curriculum.

A Los Angeles native, Powers received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1967. After graduating, he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in the Persian Gulf.

After his military service, he attended Harvard Law School, where he became managing editor of the Harvard Law Review and graduated magna cum laude in 1973. He joined The University of Texas at Austin faculty in 1977.

For more information, contact:  Gary Susswein, Office of the President, 512-471-4945.