In the Name of Access, a Chairman Hammers for Change in Texas

In the Name of Access, a Chairman Hammers for Change in Texas 1

Bob Daemmrich

Critics of Gene Powell, the hard-driving chairman of the U. of Texas' Board of Regents, say his agenda is politically driven and threatens academic freedom.

Gene Powell says it isn't easy living in the cross hairs of a group of influential University of Texas alumni who are convinced that he's going to ruin the institution.

So on a recent morning at El Mirador, a Mexican eatery popular with politicos, the chairman of the university system's Board of Regents was reveling in the camaraderie of a few die-hard supporters.

Over huevos rancheros and carne guisada tacos, four prominent Hispanic