"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,"
1 Peter 5:6
Well, isn't this a fitting way for the whole fiasco to end:
Former state Sen. Kevin Eltife, a Republican from Tyler; Rad Weaver, CEO of a company owned by UT-Austin megadonor Red McCombs, and Janiece Longoria, a former vice chair of the UT System board, were named to the board by Gov. Greg Abbott. They replace controversial Regent Wallace Hall and two other board members who were appointed by former Gov. Rick Perry.Read the whole thing here.
The vote was 29-0, with Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, and Borris Miles, D-Houston voting "present" instead of "yes." Miles and West, who are both black, said they supported the nominees Abbott chose but were frustrated that there are no black members on the UT System board.
[Author's Note: Emphasis added.]
This was the only point of leverage the Senate had over U.T., but it turns out they'd rather talk a big game than back it up with action.
It just is what it is, but the silver lining is that every single senator now owns everything that will come out of U.T over the next two years.
Bottom Line: Remember this day the next time you hear the Texas Senate make a threat.