William Powers Jr.

  • University of Texas, Austin

William Powers Jr. is president of The University of Texas at Austin, as position he has held since 2006. Prior to that, he served as dean of the university’s School of Law. Bill joined the law school faculty in 1977 and has taught torts, products liability, jurisprudence, legal process, civil procedure, conflict of laws and contracts. In 1997, the university named him to its Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Bill is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor and holds the Hines H. Baker and Thelma Kelley Baker Chair in Law. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas, he taught at the University of Washington Law School, Southern Methodist School of Law, and the University of Michigan School of Law. Bill is author of dozens of articles on tort law and legal philosophy and several books, and has worked as a legal consultant with the U.S. Congress, the Brazilian legislature, and the Texas legislature. In 2001, he chaired a special investigation committee that examined the financial transactions of Enron Corp. The resulting report became known as the “Powers Report.” After graduating from college, Bill joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed on Bahrain Island in the Persian Gulf. Following his military service, he earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School.