Lindsay: 7-1 recommendation to impeach U.T. Regent Wallace Hall is "directly contrary to the best interest of our public higher-education system."
AUSTIN – Dr. Thomas Lindsay, Director of the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, issued this statement on today's 7-1 vote of the Texas House Special Committee on Transparency to recommend impeachment of University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall:
"Today’s vote by the House Special Committee on Transparency — which conducted its debate behind closed doors and with no public record — is a step backwards on transparency and accountability in Texas government. For exercising his right and duty to request information of one of the universities he is entrusted with overseeing, Wallace Hall now faces impeachment and possibly jail. The biggest losers in all this are Texas college students, their parents, and taxpayers. This vote is a powerful deterrent to future efforts to ensure transparency in government, and therefore directly contrary to the best interest of our public higher-education system."
Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He is a former deputy chairman and chief operating officer of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has more than two decades of experience in higher education management and instruction.