Tribpedia: Francisco Cigarroa

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Appointed in 2009, Francisco Cigarroa became the first Hispanic to serve as Chancellor of the University of Texas System, which consists of nine universities, six health institutions and has an annual operating budget of $11.9 billion. 

A pediatric transplant surgeon, he was previously the president of the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. Originally from Laredo, Cigarroa received ...

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The Brief: UT Regent Records Executive Session Discussion

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa at a Board of Regents meeting in Austin.
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa at a Board of Regents meeting in Austin.

In another sign of troubled times among the leadership at the University of Texas System, word emerged Monday night that a regent clandestinely recorded a discussion with Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa during an executive session in August.

Members listen to committee reports at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.
Members listen to committee reports at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.

As UT Inquiries Mount, So Have Frustrations

More than 2,000 pages of heavily redacted email documents — many pages were blacked out entirely — clearly reveal growing tensions among regents and top administrators at the University of Texas System and its flagship university. The Tribune and others sought the documents after Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa resigned earlier this year.

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa at a Board of Regents meeting in Austin.
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa at a Board of Regents meeting in Austin.

In Cigarroa's Wake, Major Gains and Significant Discord

Francisco Cigarroa's five years as chancellor of the University of Texas System were as notable for what was achieved as they were for the level of discord reached at the system and on its board of regents. In some ways, given Cigarroa's atypical background, his arrival was more surprising than his impending departure.

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (left) and UT Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster are shown at the announcement of Cigarroa's resignation on Feb. 10, 2014.
UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (left) and UT Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster are shown at the announcement of Cigarroa's resignation on Feb. 10, 2014.

UT Hires Search Firm, Seeks Suggestions for Chancellor

As University of Texas System regents hired consultants to help find a successor for Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, UT-Austin's president said he would be comfortable with Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek, the governor's reported favorite for the post.

Oct. 31, 2012: TribLive event with Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek
Oct. 31, 2012: TribLive event with Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek

Sources: Perry Backing Janek for UT Chancellor

Gov. Rick Perry is quietly lobbying for current Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek to be the next chancellor of the University of Texas System. UT's board of regents is looking for someone to replace Francisco Cigarroa, who said earlier this month that he will leave the post as soon as a replacement can be found.

House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations co-chairs Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, during a hearing on Oct. 22, 2013.
House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations co-chairs Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, during a hearing on Oct. 22, 2013.

Committee Investigating Hall Nears End of Inquiry

The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations is set to begin its latest round of hearings Wednesday on University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall. With Hall declining an invitation to testify without a subpoena, and with no hearings scheduled beyond this week, the panel could wrap up without ever hearing directly from Hall.

University of Texas President Bill Powers during the December 12th, 2013 UT System  Board of Regents meeting in Austin, Texas
University of Texas President Bill Powers during the December 12th, 2013 UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin, Texas

UT President Powers Keeps Job, Encouraged to Improve

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers is keeping his job for the foreseeable future following a Thursday meeting of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, at which there was a chance of his future being put to a vote.

UT System Chancellor to Address Fundraising Reporting

UPDATED: The University of Texas System chancellor plans to send letters to leaders at the system’s 15 institutions to address how they report alumni membership dues in their fundraising totals. Some people have been counted as donors to UT-Austin simply for paying their membership dues to the alumni association, and a UT regent has challenged that calculation.

Gov. Rick Perry, r, with Presidents Dr. Juliet Garcia and Dr. Robert Nelsen at the ceremony at the former UT-Pan Am in Edinburg, TX on July 16, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry, r, with Presidents Dr. Juliet Garcia and Dr. Robert Nelsen at the ceremony at the former UT-Pan Am in Edinburg, TX on July 16, 2013.

In the Valley, Perry Signs South Texas University Bill

In two emotional events Tuesday, Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed a bill that will  create a new university in the Rio Grande Valley. He also addressed demands to add bonds for campus construction to the call.

University of Texas at Brownsville President Juliet Garcia and University of Texas-Pan American President Robert Nelsen look on as University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and lawmakers discuss the creation of a new university in the Rio Grande Valley.
University of Texas at Brownsville President Juliet Garcia and University of Texas-Pan American President Robert Nelsen look on as University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and lawmakers discuss the creation of a new university in the Rio Grande Valley.

UT Regents Approve Land Deal for New University

UPDATED: The University of Texas System's Board of Regents approved a nearly $50 million land deal for the new school's Brownsville campus.

University of Texas Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa during Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Tansparency on September 21st, 2011
University of Texas Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa during Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Tansparency on September 21st, 2011

New Disclosure Policy Delayed at UT System

The implementation of a robust but controversial conflict-of-interest policy at institutions in the University of Texas System that was originally scheduled for this spring has been delayed until at least September. It has already generated attention — and controversy — for requiring more of academics than the state does of lawmakers.