AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate is expected to confirm three of Gov. Rick Perry's appointments to the University of Texas System regents, positions that are being closely watched as lawmakers have clashed with the board in recent months.
The board is the governing body for the nine-campus system and Perry has re-appointed vice chairman Paul Foster of El Paso to a new six year term. New appointees are Houston businessman Jeff Hildebrand and McAllen attorney Ernest Aliseda.
Lawmakers have criticized some current board members and Perry as trying to force out popular Austin campus president Bill Powers.
The three appointees told lawmakers earlier this week they did not intend to try to fire Powers if they are confirmed.
The chairman of Senate nominations committee said he expects the regents will be confirmed.
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