Revealing new details about the behind-the-scenes selection process, three men who were on the University of Texas System's governing board when it hired Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa said Tuesday that Gov. Rick Perry privately encouraged them to back another candidate for the job.Vision 1920 wonders how that was going to work.
The three former regents — Perry appointees Robert Rowling, John Barnhill Jr. and H. Scott Caven Jr. — said Perry urged them to hire John Montford, a former state senator and Texas Tech University System chancellor who is a telecommunications lobbyist. While others have said Perry favored Montford for the job, the regents had remained silent about his involvement until Tuesday.
Barnhill said he thought one of Perry's concerns was that universities had been overrun by liberal professors and he thought bringing in Montford could help reverse that trend.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Reversing trends at tu
The Austin American Statesman reports on tu Regents ignoring the Governor's suggestions for their Chancellor
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