AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has confirmed three of Gov. Rick Perry's appointments to the University of Texas System regents, positions that were being closely watched as lawmakers clashed with the board in recent months.
The board is the governing body for the nine-campus system. Perry re-appointed vice chairman Paul Foster of El Paso to a new six year term. The new appointees are Houston businessman Jeff Hildebrand and McAllen attorney Ernest Aliseda.
Lawmakers have criticized some current board members and Perry as trying to force out popular Austin campus president Bill Powers. The three appointees told lawmakers earlier this week they did not intend to try to fire Powers if they were confirmed.
Several lawmakers said they expect the regents to stand by their word before confirming them on 30-1 votes.