Here’s an interesting article about how Texas schools use their football suites to lobby all manner of folks. Is it effective? Well, this yabbo says, nah.
The disclosure requirement is similar for appointees, like those that serve on the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board, which must sign off on new academic programs offered by state universities. A few of the board’s nine members have been invited to watch games from chancellors’ or presidents’ suites over the last three years — including at UH, which had plans for a medical school recently approved by the board. A&M and Tech, which are jockeying over whether Tech should be allowed to open a new vet school, have also hosted board members and commissioner Raymund Paredes, as has UT-Austin.
Paredes and contacted board members said the invitations have no influence on decisions they make at the agency.
“Absolutely not,” said the commissioner, a sentiment echoed by other board members.
Sure, pal, whatever you say. That must be why all the schools keep spending money to wine and dine folks like you.