UT President To Resign In 2015

University of Texas President Bill Powers. (UT photo/file)

AUSTIN (July 9, 2014) University of Texas President Bill Powers will step down in June 2015 under the terms of a negotiated exit that will allow him to avoid being fired when the UT System’s Board of Regents meets Thursday.

Powers has clashed for years with some board members.

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa met with Powers last week and urged him to resign effective in October or risk being fired.

Powers offered to quit in June, and Cigarroa accepted the offer on Wednesday.

Powers has headed the 50,000-student Austin campus since 2006.

He fought with governor-appointed regents over tuition and graduation rates and other higher education policies, and survived several previous attempts to fire him.

Cigarroa described his relationship with Powers as "fractured" and cited a lack of trust between Powers and the board.

“President Powers is an admired leader who, as I’ve said before, has advanced the University in many ways,” Cigarroa said in a statement Wednesday.

“It is, however, time for an orderly change in leadership. While ultimately productive, the past years have not been without struggle and, at times, conflict and controversy. There was no single incident that prompted my decision to ask President Powers for his resignation last week, but a long history of issues with communication, responsiveness and a willingness to collaborate,” he said.