The University of Texas System Board of Regents routinely posts its full agenda for upcoming meetings on the system’s website — except when it doesn’t. A special called meeting for Saturday is a case in point.
Under state law, public agencies and university governing boards are required to post the agenda for upcoming meetings at the secretary of state’s website. A common practice is to post agendas on the agency’s or university’s website as well.
The UT board posted agendas Tuesday afternoon for Saturday’s meeting on the secretary of state’s website and the UT System website, but the agendas were not identical. The official agenda, the one on the secretary of state’s website, included “discussion and appropriate action” regarding lease of space in the UT System building in downtown Austin to the U.S. Army for its Futures Command. The agenda at the UT System’s website didn’t include that item.
Both agendas said the regents would interview candidates for chancellor and possibly name one or more finalists for the position.
I asked the UT System about the discrepancy between the two agendas, and on Wednesday morning spokewoman Karen Adler thanked me for calling it to the system’s attention. The system’s website “linked to a version of the agenda that was prepared in advance but was subsequently updated,” Adler said. “Going forward we will post only the “Posted Meeting” link to the Secretary of State’s website on the meeting landing page to ensure the media and the public have access to the official and most up-to-date agenda.”
By late Wednesday morning, the outdated agenda was still posted on the system’s website.