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The University of Texas System mourns the loss of former UT Austin President Bill Powers

The Board of Regents and the entire University of Texas System mourn the loss of Bill Powers, one of the great champions of higher education in Texas and American history.  For nearly a decade, he led the state’s flagship university with an unquenchable passion, great intellect, and unwavering principle.

He will be missed within and well beyond the Forty Acres, and his impact will be felt for generations.   President Powers embodied the best of academia, leadership and friendship. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family, and the many people around the world who loved and admired him.

Kevin P. Eltife, Chairman, Board of Regents

James B. Milliken, Chancellor

About The University of Texas System
For more than 130 years, The University of Texas System has been committed to improving the lives of Texans and people all over the world through education, research and health care. With 14 institutions, an enrollment of more than 235,000 students and an operating budget of $19.5 billion (FY 2019), the UT System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States. UT institutions produce nearly 59,000 graduates annually and award more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees and almost two-thirds of its health professional degrees. Collectively, UT-owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics accounted for more than 7.8 million outpatient visits and 1.6 million hospital days last year. Across UT institutions, research and development expenditures total $2.7 billion – the second highest among U.S. public higher education systems – and the UT System is regularly ranked among the top 10 most innovative universities in the world. The UT System also is one of the largest employers in Texas, with more than 21,000 faculty – including Nobel laureates and members of the National Academies – and nearly 85,000 health care professionals, researchers, student advisors and support staff.


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