Current Texas president Bill Powers has announced he will step down at the end of the school year in June. has learned there are three finalists to replace Powers as the next president at Texas.

HD was told the finalists are:

Greg Fenves has served as UT’s current executive vice president and provost since October of 2013.

Prior to that, Fenves was the dean of the UT School of Engineering and helped raise $356 million as part of Powers’ $3 billion Campaign for Texas (the most of any unit on campus).

Fenves, who got his undergraduate degree at Cornell and his master’s and Ph.D at Cal-Berkeley, is also the former chair of the department of civil environmental engineering at Cal-Berkeley (2002-07).

David Daniel is the president of the University of Texas at Dallas.

He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and he served on the faculty at UT Austin from 1980 to 1996.

In 1996, he moved to the University of Illinois, finishing his service as Dean of Engineering before being appointed UT Dallas' president in 2005.

Andrew D. Hamilton has served as the vice chancellor of the University of Oxford the past six years.

Hamilton, a British chemist and academic, was the provost at Yale University from 2004 to 2008. He also served on the faculties at Princeton and the University of Pittsburgh as a chemistry professor before moving to Yale in 1997 as a professor of chemistry, molecular biophysics and biochemistry.

When Hamilton was appointed Vice Chancellor at Oxford, it was for a term of 7 years, ending in 2016.

New Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in January announced the re-appointment of Steve Hicks and two new appointments to the UT Board of Regents – Sara Martinez Tucker of Dallas and Houston attorney David Beck.

Both of the new appointments are seen as people who might be inclined to listen to Powers, who, sources tell HD, has been backing Fenves as his successor.

HD was told Abbott would like the new appointments, who were expected to be confirmed by the Texas Senate on or about Feb. 1, to conduct the vote naming UT’s next president.

However, current regents vice chairman Eugene Powell, whose term is set to expire this month (along with regent Bobby Stillwell of Houston), would like the current regents board to conduct the vote on UT’s next president, sources told HornsDigest.

New Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick may be holding up confirmation of Tucker and Beck as regents so the current board can conduct the vote, we're told.

The current board may have the votes to name Oxford Vice Chancellor Andrew Hamilton as UT’s next president.

We were told the new president at Texas isn't likely to be named until March.


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