Univ. of Texas board keeps Austin campus president

By By PAUL J. WEBER

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The chancellor of the University of Texas system says Austin campus president Bill Powers should keep his job, despite acknowledging a "strained" relationship between the two powerful education leaders.

The UT System Board of Regents took no action Thursday on Powers' employment status. Powers has led one of the nation's largest campuses since 2006 but has been locked in a two-year power struggle over the university.

Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa acknowledged that his relationship with Powers remains strained but expressed hope it would get better.

Powers is widely respected among academics but has clashed with regents over a vision for higher education backed by Gov. Rick Perry.

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