William Charles Powers Jr. (born May 30, 1946) is the 28th president of The University of Texas at Austin, a position he has held since February 1, 2006.
Powers was selected in November 2005 as the sole finalist for the position of president of the University of Texas at Austin. In December 2005, Powers was officially named the next president of the University and succeeded Larry Faulkner when he left office in February 2006. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Dean of The University of Texas School of Law since 2000, a position that was later filled by Constitutional Law scholar, current Dean Lawrence Sager.
Powers obtained his B.A. in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley as a Sigma Chi in 1967 and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He was managing editor of the Harvard Law Review during his tenure there.
Powers has also worked at Southern Methodist University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington. Powers is a former member of the Enron Corporation Board of Directors and chaired the Special Investigative Committee to investigate the causes of Enron's bankruptcy. He is also currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Powers has authored several notable law texts, including but not limited to:
In 2008, Powers was appointed to the rank of Chavelier de la Legion dâ€™ Honneur in Franceâ€™s Orders of Chivalry.
Larry R. Faulkner
of University of Texas at Austin