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Cigarroa stepping down as UT chancellor to come back to San Antonio
February 10, 2014

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

By Mike W. Thomas, San Antonio Business Journal

Francisco Cigarroa will step down as the chancellor of the University of Texas System to become the head of the pediatric surgery unit at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, The Texas Tribune reports.

Before being named chancellor in 2009, Cigarroa, 56, served as president of the Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is a pediatric surgeon and he continues to perform liver and kidney transplants.

Cigarroa was the first Hispanic to lead a major university system in the United States. During his tenure, he presided over the creation of a new system institution in South Texas, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and was instrumental in pushing legislative approval of medical schools in Austin and the lower Rio Grande Valley.

His last three years as chancellor have been consumed by controversy over the relationship between the system's Board of Regents and the University of Texas at Austin - and particularly its president, Bill Powers.

Cigarroa confirmed the decision in an email to UT system administrators.

"When I began my journey as chancellor of The University of Texas System in February 2009, I knew the day would come when I would return to transplant surgery," Cigarroa says. "Having spent the past 14 years in administration for the UT System, first as president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and now as chancellor, the time has come for me to return to my lifelong love and passion - saving lives one individual at a time."

Cigarroa says he plans to step down after the Board of Regents appoint a successor.


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