The Board of Regents at the University of Texas released a report that university President William C. Powers Jr. ignored objections from the admissions department and personally granted admission to a “select handful” of applicants. The investigation found that the applicants selected by Powers were typically recommended by donors, alumni, or state lawmakers.
In a statement released after the investigation’s results were made public, Powers said that he “inherited this process” and that “some similar process exists at virtually every selective university in America.”
Questions about Powers’ involvement in the admissions process, among other things, have caused tensions between the president and the Board of Regents. There has been increasing pressure placed on Powers to resign, and he will leave his post in June.
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