University Of Texas Regent Faces Criminal Inquiry

AUSTIN (April 25, 2014) University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall faces a criminal investigation into his efforts to oust the president of the system's flagship Austin campus.

Gregg Cox, who heads the Travis County district attorney's public integrity unit, said Friday his office has moved beyond initial review of Hall's actions and into a formal investigation.

A report prepared for a state House committee alleges that Hall may have broken federal and state student privacy laws.

Hall has been engaged in a two-year campaign with several other regents to force out University of Texas President Bill Powers, who has clashed with Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry appointed Hall.

State lawmakers are set to vote on May 12 whether to recommend impeaching Hall, which could lead to his removal from office.

Hall's attorney declined comment, Friday.

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