Chairman Powell in Regard to the Settlement Agreement Reached with Rick O'Donnell

AUSTIN – The following statement by University of Texas System Board of Regents' Chairman Gene Powell was issued today (June 28) with regard to the June 24 settlement agreement reached with Rick O'Donnell.

Statement by Chairman Powell:

“The comments made by Rick O’Donnell in today’s Austin American-Statesman with regard to his recollection of interactions with the leadership at the University of Texas System are unfortunate. At no time did Chancellor Cigarroa encourage donors and alumni to actively oppose efforts by the Board of Regents and Mr. O’Donnell to obtain various data. Furthermore, Chancellor Cigarroa did not encourage “a brutal campaign” against specific members of the Board of Regents. The Board of Regents has an excellent relationship with Chancellor Cigarroa and fully supports his vision and commitment to advance excellence in education, research, patient care and service across the great University of Texas System.”

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