The Brief: Email Suggests Attempt to Undermine Cigarroa

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announces his resignation on Feb. 10, 2014.
UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announces his resignation on Feb. 10, 2014.

The Big Conversation

The Dallas Morning News has obtained an email that seemed to reference attempts by UT System Regent Wallace Hall to undermine UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, who is stepping down as soon as a replacement can be found and installed.

“I feel it is important to convey to you that I do not agree with the inference that ‘you have not done your job.’ Nor do I believe that it is the sentiment of the other members of the board,” wrote board of regents Chairman Paul Foster to Cigarroa in an email with the subject line "To Set the Record Straight."

The email has praise for Hall and his attempts to reform the university. “But I absolutely do not agree with his tactics in trying to pressure you into taking an action that you do not feel is in the best interests of UT-Austin or of the UT System,” Foster goes on to write, as reported by the News.

Cigarroa has consistently said he decided to step down in order to resume his surgical career. But the News' David Barer notes that "some higher education officials speculated that turmoil at UT could have helped spur his departure." Hall is being investigated by a House committee, a process that could result in his impeachment.

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