UT System Board of Regents discuss personnel, legal matters in closed session

Madlin Mekelburg

The UT System Board of Regents met in a closed session Monday to discuss issues including “individual personnel matters,” though no decisions were reached, according to System representatives.

This meeting was the fifth special meeting the Board has called in the past three months, and was assembled to discuss personnel matters, unspecified pending legal issues and concerns related to matters that the House Select Committee on Transparency of the Texas House of Representatives is set to review.

The committee is considering impeaching Regent Wallace Hall and recently heard testimony relating to the possible impeachment on Oct. 22 and 23. Several open records requests filed by Hall for more than 120,000 documents led state legislators to argue that he was on a “witch hunt” to find sufficient grounds to dismiss UT President William Powers Jr. The committee is scheduled to hear testimony again on Nov. 13.

Two current regents currently serve on the University’s search committee for a new athletics director.

The meeting recessed to executive session in the discussion over these issues. UT System spokesperson Jenny LaCoste-Caputo said no decisions or recommendations were reached and declined to elaborate on what was discussed. 

The board’s next regular meeting will take place on Nov. 13 and 14.