In Cigarroa's Wake, Major Gains and Significant Discord

Barbara Cigarroa was not surprised when her eldest son, Francisco, announced in February that he would step down as chancellor of the University of Texas System after five years on the job.

“I know it may have surprised some people,” she said in a telephone interview from her home in Laredo. “But he accomplished what he wanted to there, and he never had a doubt of what he wanted to be.”

Since he was a boy, she said, her son had his sights set on a medical career like that of his father — who is still a ...

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