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William Powers, Jr. is the 28th president of The University of Texas at Austin. Before taking office on February 1, 2006, he served as dean of the university’s School of Law, where he won recognition for recruiting a world-class faculty and attracting highly diverse and talented students.
A native of Los Angeles, Bill Powers received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1967. After graduating, he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed on Bahrain Island in the Persian Gulf. Following his military service, he attended Harvard Law School, where he became managing editor of the Harvard Law Review and graduated magna cum laude in 1973. He taught at the University of Washington Law School before coming to The University of Texas at Austin in 1977.
Powers is married to Kim Heilbrun, a commercial real estate attorney. He has five children.
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