The University of Texas board of regents Tuesday appointed San Antonio developer Eugene “Gene” Powell as chairman.
He replaces Colleen McHugh of Corpus Christi, whose term expires this month.
Powell, who was first appointed to the board in 2009 by Gov. Rick Perry, has developed various projects in San Antonio, including Lincoln Heights, Alamo Quarry Market, Shavano Park, Longhorn Quarry and Rogers Creek.
He is a former board member of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which cheered his selection.
“During his short tenure on the UT board, Powell has focused on access and affordability, and has worked harder to create a college-going culture in South Texas residents,” said Eddie Aldrete, chairman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
“He knows that an educated work force not only creates opportunity for all, but also enhances all of our economic development efforts to continue bringing high-paying jobs to San Antonio.”
Powell is a fundraising leader for Perry’s campaigns, giving about $56,000 over the past decade, according to Texans for Public Justice, an Austin-based nonprofit that tracks political money.