July 8, 2014 Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa Office of the Chancellor The University of Texas System 601 Colorado Street, 4th Floor Austin, Texas 78701 Dear Chancellor Cigarroa: The University of Texas at Austin is our home. It is here on the 40 Acres that we achieve the inconceivable, pursue the unattainable, and imagine the impossible. As students, our home is precious and intertwined with the most important years of our lives. Being a Texas Longhorn is not just a matter of pride; it is a symbol of courage in the face of the unknown
the same ideal that led to the founding of our great state and this treasured and revered
“University of the first class.”
Throughout the past few years, the students at the University of Texas at Austin have witnessed a great clash surrounding the principles of higher education and the core purpose of this University. This struggle revolves around the University of Texas System and the University of Texas at Austin, which appear to be at odds regarding the future of Texas higher education. This University has flourished under the leadership of President Bill Powers, who has established this University as both the premier research institution of this state and an academically reputed flagship state university. Despite the University of Texa
s at Austin’s successes, the on
going struggle has disrupted and even harmed the University over the past three years, with only the potential for a disastrous end.
The abrupt removal of the University’s leadership in President Powers
does a disservice to the status of higher education in Texas and has uncertain implications for the future of the University of Texas. As this ordeal plays out in the public eye, the