Embattled UT Regent Wallace Hall has had a rough week. On Monday, the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations found that there were grounds to impeach him for abuse of power and violating confidentiality laws while trying to oust UT Austin president Bill Powers in 2013. Now, the chair of the UT Board of Regents has called for Hall's resignation.
At a meeting of the University of Texas Board of Regents on Thursday, chairman Paul Foster said that Hall's resignation would be “most beneficial” to the Board. Foster did not call for a board vote of confidence on Hall, which he said would be inappropriate. Hall attended the meeting and left without comment.
This is just the latest voice in the many calls for Hall's resignation. Wallace Hall was appointed by Rick Perry, and his potentially illegal behavior has cast a large shadow on UT and exposed corruption that could reach to the highest levels. Leaders across the state are asking him to resign for the sake of the University of Texas, and the state itself.
Read the response from one Texas lawmaker after the jump. State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio) is a member of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, which found grounds to impeach Wallace Hall this week. He released a statement in response to the UT Board of Regents Meeting, expressing his agreement with their actions:
“I commend the University of Texas System Board of Regents for taking a decisive step today towards healing the University of Texas System and all of its institutions. The Board's actions confirm the serious problems that I've observed during the Transparency Committee's investigation and I thank the Board for taking seriously my call for the System to solve this problem themselves. It is my sincere hope that Regent Hall do the right thing.“
Martinez Fischer joins many others in calling for Hall's resignation, including the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education, State Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio), and the editorial staff of The Daily Texan. As the investigation into Hall's crimes continues, it is likely that list will continue to grow.