"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Last Weekend's WSJ:
The dispute over Mr. Hall is part of a broader fight between the nine-member board and school officials over whether the university has done enough to lower costs and keep a lid on tuition increases, a debate with parallels in other states. The University of Virginia board ousted school President Teresa Sullivan in 2012 partly because of concerns she wasn't moving quickly enough to address budget challenges. The board later reinstated Ms. Sullivan after faculty and alumni protested.Read the whole thing here.
"As more questions are being asked about the costs of higher education, we need to have more engaged trustees, not less," said Anne Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, which has defended Mr. Hall's board tenure.
Mr. Hall, a 52-year-old University of Texas alumnus, has rejected requests that he resign to stave off the impeachment proceedings, which could make him only the third Texas official to be impeached by the legislature in the past 100 years. He said in an interview that he is fulfilling his oath to monitor a major university system that employs 90,000 people and has a $14.5 billion annual operating budget. "I disagree with the idea that board members need to be seen but not heard," he said.
"When he raised that issue, thermonuclear destruction was visited on him," said Mr. Hall's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, adding that his client has behaved lawfully at all times.
After Mr. Hall publicly disclosed his allegations of admissions favoritism at the university last summer, state Rep. Jim Pitts, the Republican head of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, told several media outlets that he was one lawmaker who had written a letter of recommendation, in this case for his son, who was admitted to the University of Texas Law School.