Report: Condoleeza Rice ‘frontrunner’ to be UT president

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gestures while speaking at the California Republican Party 2014 Spring Convention in Burlingame, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gestures while speaking at the California Republican Party 2014 Spring Convention in Burlingame, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A published report Friday claims the frontrunner to be the next president of the University of Texas at Austin could very well be former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

This information comes from reporter Richard Johnson of the New York Post online edition, where he cites unnamed UT alumni sources.

Rice, who has been serving on the College Football Playoff Committee, has been teaching as a professor at Stanford since leaving public service. She served in the George W. Bush administration.

Current university president Bill Powers is stepping down in June 2015. His resignation came after years of clashing with Gov. Rick Perry and the board of regents that oversees the University of Texas System.

The board of regents announced Friday they will hold a special meeting this Monday in Austin. The agenda says the group will discuss legal items regarding the investigation into admissions practices at UT Austin. Also on the docket is a discussion of personnel matters, including those of president’s at campuses.

The New York Post article also mentions former Republican U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison as a possible candidate.

In August, the UT System confirmed UT alum and former Navy Adm. William McRaven as the group’s chancellor. In addition to being commander of the Special Operation Command, he spearheaded the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden. He took over this year for outgoing Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa.

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