Advisory Committee Named for Athletics Director Search

AUSTIN, Texas  University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers has appointed an eight-member advisory committee that includes two current regents to assist in searching for and hiring a new men's athletics director.

"The committee members all have deep ties to UT Austin and the athletics program, as well as decades of experience in business, government, higher education and philanthropy," said Powers. "Their guidance will be invaluable as I work over the next few weeks to find a new athletics director who will build on our program's success."

Powers and the committee will also seek guidance from other members of the UT community including alumni, regents, faculty members and students.

The committee members are:

  • Steve Hicks, vice chair of the Board of Regents, one of the board's athletics liaisons, and owner and executive chairman of Capstar Partners LLC, a private investment firm.
  • Robert Stillwell, member of the Board of Regents, one of the board's athletics liaisons, retired partner at Baker Botts LLP and an original director of Mesa Petroleum Co.
  • Michael Clement, accounting professor, McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, and faculty representative to the Men's and Women's Athletics Councils.
  • Ricardo Hinojosa, United States federal judge for the Southern District of Texas, former member of the university's Commission of 125.
  • Charles Matthews, former vice president and general counsel of Exxon Mobil, current president of the Texas Exes.
  • Robert Rowling, former member of the Board of Regents and owner and chairman of TRT Holdings Inc.
  • Charles Tate, chairman of Capital Royalty, former member of the executive committee of the university's Commission of 125.
  • Pamela Willeford, former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein and former chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Last week, the university announced that it will hire Jed Hughes of Korn/Ferry International, an executive recruiting firm, to assist in the search for a new men's athletics director.

Editor's note: This news release was updated on Oct. 16.