Texas AD Steve Patterson announces 8-person search committee, search firm to find next head coach

Chris Hummer

UT men’s head athletic director Steve Patterson approved an eight-person advisory committee and hired a recruiting firm to help the program find a new head football coach, the school announced Wednesday.

The eight members of the committee are listed below.

•    Steve Hicks, vice chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, one of the board’s athletics liaisons and owner and executive chairman of Capstar Partners LLC, a private investment firm.

•    Robert Stillwell, member of the UT System Board of Regents, one of the board’s athletics liaisons, retired partner at Baker Botts LLP and an original director of Mesa Petroleum Co.

•    Michael Clement, accounting professor and faculty representative to the Men’s and Women’s Athletics Councils.

•    Ricardo Hinojosa, United States federal judge for the Southern District of Texas and former member of the University’s Commission of 125.

•    Charles Matthews, former vice president and general counsel of Exxon Mobil and current president of the Texas Exes.

•    Robert Rowling, former member of the UT System Board of Regents and owner and chairman of TRT Holdings Inc.

•    Charles Tate, chairman of Capital Royalty and former member of the executive committee of the University’s Commission of 125.

•    Pamela Willeford, former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein and former chairwoman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Patterson also hired Hughes of Korn/Ferry International to assist with the search.

Other than the addition of Hinojosa, the football coach advisory committee is a replica of the athletic director advisory committee that hired Patterson in November.

President William Powers Jr. said Sunday that the decision will be made by Patterson. The new coach will replace head coach Mack Brown, who formally announced Saturday he will be stepping down after the Longhorns' matchup with the Oregon Ducks in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30. Brown indicated on Sunday that he won't have a part in picking the next coach unless Patterson and Powers ask him to.

While the decision will be made by Patterson, the Board of Regents must approve the salaries of any employees who will make more than $250,000 per year. Brown was making $5.4 million per year.