On Wednesday, The University of Texas System Regents unanimously approved Dr. Ronald A. DePinho as the sole finalist for the position of president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

DePinho comes to Texas from Harvard University, where he previously served as a professor of medicine. Another relatively recent acquisition, UT Southwestern Medical Center's president, Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, is a fellow former Harvard man.

"This is what makes this country great,"said DePinho, who is, as he said, "the son of uneducated Portuguese immigrants."

DePinho will be taking over for outgoing president John Mendelsohn, who has held the post since 1996.

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