Fenves Named Next President of UT-Austin

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Fenves Named Next President of UT-Austin
by Matthew Watkins, The Texas Tribune
April 20, 2015

After more than three weeks as the sole finalist for the job, Gregory Fenves has been named the next president of the University of Texas at Austin.  

The current executive vice president and provost of was hired by a 8-0 vote Monday morning by the UT System Board of Regents. Regent Wallace Hall abstained from voting. 

Fenves will take over on June 3 following the June 2 departure of current president Bill Powers. 

Fenves has been provost – essentially second-in-command to Powers – since 2013. Prior to that he was dean of engineering at the school for about five years. In that role, he recruited more than 50 faculty members and led a capital campaign that raised $356 million for the school.  

Prior to joining UT-Austin, he led the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Fenves will take the helm in Austin after years of turmoil at the UT System’s flagship campus. Powers has been popular among faculty and students in Austin, but has clashed with certain members of the Board of Regents. Powers has served for about nine years, and his disagreements with some members of the system’s leadership have left his job in a tenuous position in the latter part of his tenure. Powers announced his resignation in July. 

Fenves was one of several candidates being considered to replace Powers. Oxford Vice Chancellor Andrew Hamilton was once considered a front-runner, but he withdrew from the process after being named president of the New York University. 

Fenves was named the sole finalist on March 26.  

Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin is a corporate sponsor of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.  

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune.

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