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Abbott Nominates New Members for UT Regent Board, Among Others

Governor Greg Abbott has nominated three Texans to become the new regents for the University of Texas system.

Senator Kevin Eltife, Rad Weaver, and Janiece Longoria have all been nominated by the governor to become UT's newest regents. If confirmed by the Texas legislature, the three will be replacing Alex Cranberg, Wallace Hall, and Brenda Pejovich.

The Texas Tribune reports that regent Wallace Hall made headlines in 2016, after suing the University of Texas' chancellor, Bill McRaven, to win access to confidential student records. Hall also clashed with former UT president Bill Powers.

During Hall's time, the regent brought to light a scandal regarding the admission of students at University of Texas at Austin who had powerful connections.

Abbott also appointed new regents for the Texas Tech University system and the Texas A&M system.

For Texas Tech University, Abbott nominated J. Michael Lewis and John B. Walker. Abbott also reappointed John Steinmetz.

For Texas A&M University, Abbott nominated Tim Leach, while reappointing Elaine Mendoza and Cliff Thompson.

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