This engaging memoir details Bill Cunningham’s seven years as president of the University of Texas at Austin and his eight years as chancellor of the UT System. Along the way, he relates accounts of the important issues UT faced during that time, including fraternity hazing, affirmative action, the demise of the Southwest Conference and the creation of the Big 12, apartheid and divestment protests, the future of higher education in Texas, and many other issues.
The Texas Way outlines how money, power, politics, and ambition all play roles in the business of running the state’s premier university system, particularly in its relations with the state government. As president and then as chancellor, Cunningham dealt with conflict from all sides of the political spectrum, always striving to protect the university’s interests.
Bill Cunningham was at the center of many important issues during the fifteen years he served as president and chancellor. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin is pleased to publish Cunningham’s detailed and insightful memoir, which serves as a reminder of how these issues continue to resonate and affect higher education in Texas.
By William H. Cunningham
William H. Cunningham was Dean of the College and Graduate School of Business from 1984 to 1985, President of the University of Texas at Austin from 1985 to 1992, and Chancellor of the University of Texas System from 1992 to 2000.
Monty Jones, a former reporter on higher education for the Austin American-Statesman, worked in the public affairs offices of UT Austin and the UT System from 1990 to 2004.
"The writing style is easily accessible, with help from longtime public affairs aide Monty Jones. And people in political and academic circles will probably find the book full of interesting, and sometimes controversial, details."
—Charles Ealy, Austin American-Statesman