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UT Regents: Powers to stay put

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University of Austin President Bill Powers will keep the school's top position.

Some have believed Powers’ job has been in jeopardy since the appointment of new board members in 2011.

The UT System Board of Regents discussed the president’s employment future during a closed door meeting for more than four hours Thursday. UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa emerged to say while relations between some board members and Powers have been strained, it's in the best interest to keep the president on board.

Powers and some regents have tangled on issues regarding tuition, transparency and fundraising, to name a few.

Powers has received strong alumni support, as well as support from many students and faculty for the job he's done.

“I don’t think any of the presidents expect a vote of confidence, I don’t think that was what was on the agenda today,” Powers said. “There are 15 presidents. I don’t think we expect at board meetings a vote of confidence. There was a question about my employment, it got resolved positively and I appreciate the support of the board and the chancellor.”

While the regents didn't take a formal vote to keep him on board, Powers says he's gratified by their support for moving forward.

This meeting comes one week before the House Transparency Committee is set to hear from Powers as it continues its investigation into Regent Wallace Hall and whether or not to recommend his impeachment.

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