The nation’s longest-serving sitting governor, who appointed every current college and university regent across Texas while pushing for cheaper degrees and a more business-oriented approach toward higher education, announced on Monday that he would not seek a fourth term.
Gov. Rick Perry’s announcement prompted speculation about what changes a new governor might bring to a state where battles over the proper balance of research and teaching have been waged alongside disputes over the appropriate role of regents in overseeing universities.
Mr. Perry, who became governor in 2000, when the governor at the time, George W. Bush, stepped down to become president, was elected to four-year terms in 2002, 2006, and 2010, and has 18 months left in his current term. Because he has named every regent currently serving across the state’s six public-university systems, Mr. Perry is seen as having a commanding influence over the direction higher education has taken in the past decade across Texas. <Read more.>