Well, well, well:
All Wallace Hall did was take on the most powerful people in Texas over the state’s most cherished institution.Read the whole thing here.
All it cost him was years of having his name dragged through the mud, threats of being impeached from his position as a regent at the University of Texas and the lingering threat of an ongoing grand jury investigation.
His dogged fact-finding, though, led not only to an independent investigation about the link between politics and admissions at UT and its law school but it also contributed to the resignation of UT-Austin President Bill Powers, a Texas giant.
An independent firm is now investigating the connection between powerful people and UT’s admissions practices. The results could shake the state.
For his uncommon impact, Hall, 52, is a finalist for 2014 Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year.
Hall kept digging, even as he faced more scrutiny — not just as a regent, but in his business and his personal life. The Texas House, under Speaker Joe Straus, set up a special panel that considered impeachment. It settled on censure, something many people considered a vindication of Hall.
The drama is far from over, but the role played by Wallace Hall leaves a mark that won’t soon be forgotten in Austin’s halls of power.