Newly minted Chancellor William McRaven has officially joined the political establishment scurrying to cover-up corruption at the University of Texas.
Despite facing intimidation, censure, impeachment and even indictment by state legislators seeking to silence him, UT Regent Wallace Hall obtained the necessary votes from his colleagues to request information related to the Kroll investigative report.
It vindicated Hall (for the second time) and confirmed what his original investigation and others uncovered—political influence corrupted the admissions process at UT and UT Law School, allowing the admission of under-qualified applicants with political connections.
McRaven blatantly refused to grant the Regent’s request.
The Dallas Morning News recently quoted McRaven, “If you want to reopen all the information that we got from the Kroll report and take a look at all that data, I’m not inclined to go there,” he said. The DMN says they’ve also requested related documentation.
McRaven joins a long line of politically connected insiders obstructing the review of documents related to several scandals, including House Speaker Joe Straus and State Reps. Dan Flynn (R-Canton) and Carol Alverado (D-Houston), who initially led the unwarranted attack on Hall.
They hope Texans will simply move along and forget what’s already been exposed, including Hall’s disgraceful persecution.
But more importantly, they aim to stop the release of public information substantiating the Kroll report’s findings, the details of which is vital in answering several key questions still looming.
Which legislators played a role in corrupting the admissions process, and to what extent? Who else inside the University is responsible for enabling political corruption?
McRaven’s obstruction is offensive. But even more troubling is the fact that Texas lawmakers have all but brushed the admissions scandal at UT under the rug. Their deafening silence is shameful—it also speaks volumes about the depths of the problem.