(From the Dallas Morning News):
By Mike Hashimoto
A few months ago, the kind of fight that usually simmers out of public view burst into the open during Texas’ legislative session in Austin. Here’s how your local editorial board framed it in a March 27 editorial:
The incessant firefight over the University of Texas at Austin’s leadership is targeting school President Bill Powers. It’s also about something larger: management philosophy.
Should regents set policy and then let a school’s leaders run the institution? Or should they also try to manage the campus?
The answer is obvious if you look at the best practices of major institutions. The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges’ guidelines, for instance, make it clear that regents should set a course but not steer the ship.
The subtext became the text: Gov. Rick Perry, through his control of the UT System regents, was trying to exert undue influence over decisions at a flagship university. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, you’ll recall, was among the strongest public defenders of Powers and accused his critics of character assassinationin trying to shove him aside.
Thomas K. Lindsay would beg to differ. READ MORE HERE