Another regent, Wallace Hall Jr., who has examined some 40 file boxes of open-records materials from the Austin campus, told the Texas Tribune this month that he does not accept an assertion in Burgdorf's report that there is no evidence anyone at the foundation or Law School concealed the forgivable loan program. Hall did not respond to a request from the Statesman for comment.
Burgdorf, who has submitted his resignation under pressure and whose last day at the UT System will be May 3, said, "I am not going to get into a tit for tat with individual regents about the report."
One record that the attorney general's office is likely to examine is a June 2009 email to Powers from Mary Knight, UT's associate vice president and budget director. She listed the university's 10 highest-paid employees aside from Powers, including Sager, whose pay included "deferred compensation" of $100,000 a year for five years.
"No mention is made of a forgivable personal loan," Burgdorf wrote in his report. "The $100,000 listed as deferred compensation was that year's loan forgiveness. Thus, while President Powers may have had constructive notice of that amount of deferred compensation, the Top 10 report did not itself give him or his office any notice of the $500,000 forgivable personal loan Dean Sager had obtained."
Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com
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