WHAT: UT Austin will formally rename the Student Activity Center the William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center during an on-campus ceremony. UT President Gregory L. Fenves will speak at the event, and members of the Powers family will be in attendance.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m.
WHERE: William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center
MEDIA: The event is open to the public. Parking is available at the Brazos Garage.
BACKGROUND: William C. Powers, Jr. was the 28th and second-longest-serving president of UT Austin. Powers, who passed away in March, was president from 2006 to 2015, and he was a member of the School of Law faculty for over 40 years, including six as dean. As president, he established two of the university’s 18 colleges, overhauled the undergraduate curriculum and led efforts to recognize and promote the educational benefits of diversity, taking UT to the Supreme Court and ultimately winning a favorable ruling in the Fisher case in 2016.
The UT System Board of Regents unanimously voted to rename the Student Activity Center in honor of Powers on Aug. 15.