Tribpedia: Francisco Cigarroa

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 ...

Retired Admiral William McRaven, shown last year, took over as chancellor of the UT System on Jan. 5.
Retired Admiral William McRaven, shown last year, took over as chancellor of the UT System on Jan. 5.

Wasting Little Time, McRaven Plots His Course

Four days into his new job atop the UT System, Chancellor William McRaven likens it to his days as a Navy admiral. Trust helps, conflicts need to be settled and the troops — now it's the students — come first.

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers at a UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin on Dec. 12, 2013.
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers at a UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin on Dec. 12, 2013.

UT's Powers Calls for Rethinking How Tenure is Used

In his state of the university address on Monday, University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers called for rethinking who gets tenure, a topic he acknowledged was something of a "third rail for discussion" in academic circles.

Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

McRaven Named Next UT System Chancellor

It's official: Admiral William H. McRaven, the head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, is the next chancellor of the University of Texas System. His annual salary? $1.2 million. 

 

 

UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster as UT Regents study tuition increases on May 14, 2014.
UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster as UT Regents study tuition increases on May 14, 2014.

Regents "Strongly Disagree" With Moody's Report

UPDATED: Two members of the UT System Board of Regents on Tuesday said they were "disappointed" with a Moody's Investors Service analysis that determined recent conflicts within the system were "credit negative." 

 

The Brief: Aug. 15, 2014

One of the most intractable questions in Texas politics in recent years is why the state hasn't moved blue despite drastic demographic changes. A new analysis from The New York Times sheds new light on why this is so.

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.

UT System Set to Name New Chancellor Today

At a special meeting via telephone Tuesday evening, the University of Texas System Board of Regents is expected to name the system's next chancellor. Sources told the Tribune that Admiral William H. McRaven is expected to get the gig.

Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

The Brief: July 29, 2014

At a special University of Texas System regents meeting on Tuesday evening, they are expected to name a sole finalist for the system's next chancellor. And their choice is expected to be Admiral William H. McRaven.

The Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013 at Ashbell Smith Hall.
The Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013 at Ashbell Smith Hall.

UT System Expected to Name New Chancellor on Tuesday

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, when they are expected to name the sole finalist to be the system's next chancellor. Sources with knowledge of the search told the Tribune that Admiral William H. McRaven is likely to be chosen.

Texas gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis addresses delegates at the Black Caucus at the 2014 Texas Democratic Convention held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, June 27, 2014.
Texas gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis addresses delegates at the Black Caucus at the 2014 Texas Democratic Convention held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, June 27, 2014.

The Brief: July 17, 2014

Wendy Davis' fundraising figures from Tuesday that showed her raising slightly more money than her GOP rival for governor are now being questioned.

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.

Transparency Committee to Question UT System Officials

High-ranking University of Texas System officials are expected to appear before the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Wednesday to answer questions about recent developments at UT-Austin.

Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

In McRaven or Fisher, a New Kind of Chancellor

The two candidates to replace outgoing UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa — Admiral William McRaven and Dallas Fed Chief Richard Fisher — are neither a product of state politics nor of academia.

 

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa greets guest at his resignation press conference on Feb. 10, 2014.
UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa greets guest at his resignation press conference on Feb. 10, 2014.

Letter Details Scope of UT Admissions Investigation

An investigation of admissions practices at the University of Texas at Austin will begin no earlier than Thursday, according to a letter sent to the Legislative Budget Board.

 

Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Attorney General Greg Abbott, speaks to crowd at Lavazza Coffee House on Congress Avenue, a few blocks away from Paramount Theater where President Obama was scheduled to speak later in the day. July 10th, 2014
Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Attorney General Greg Abbott, speaks to crowd at Lavazza Coffee House on Congress Avenue, a few blocks away from Paramount Theater where President Obama was scheduled to speak later in the day. July 10th, 2014

The Brief: July 11, 2014

Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has put a price tag on the cost to Texas taxpayers of the surge of unaccompanied minors across the border.

University of Texas System Board of Regents, December 12th, 2013 meeting.
University of Texas System Board of Regents, December 12th, 2013 meeting.

Powers Will Give Up UT-Austin Presidency in June

Despite outgoing UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa’s demand that UT-Austin President Bill Powers agree to an October resignation or be fired this week, on Wednesday the two ended up settling on Powers’ own proposed exit date — one 11 months away. 

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa shakes hands with visitors at a Senate reception on Mar. 5, 2013.
UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa shakes hands with visitors at a Senate reception on Mar. 5, 2013.

The Brief: July 8, 2014

The fate of University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers continued to draw the attention of lawmakers on Monday while a new statement from UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa made explicit the breakdown in the working relationship between the two men.

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

Cigarroa, Board to Confer About Powers' Future

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa will confer with the system's board of regents on Thursday about how to handle University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers' refusal to resign this year.

 

The nine University of Texas System presidents led by UT-Austin President Bill Powers appear at the committee meeting on May 14, 2014.
The nine University of Texas System presidents led by UT-Austin President Bill Powers appear at the committee meeting on May 14, 2014.

The Brief: July 7, 2014

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers has asked for a chance at a "graceful" departure from his post after next year's legislative session.

Embattled University of Texas at Austin President Billl Powers listens to a report during the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013.
Embattled University of Texas at Austin President Billl Powers listens to a report during the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013.

UT-Austin President Proposed Pushing Resignation to 2015

In his reponse to University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa's request that he resign, University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers proposed delaying his departure until after the legislative session.

UT-Austin President Bill Powers is shown at a hearing of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Dec. 18, 2013.
UT-Austin President Bill Powers is shown at a hearing of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Dec. 18, 2013.

Cigarroa Tells Powers to Resign or Be Fired

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa has asked UT-Austin President Bill Powers to resign ahead of the Board of Regents’ July 10 meeting. Powers has said he is willing to discuss a timeline for his exit. 

 

 

Clockwise, from top left: Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor; University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall; Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor.
Clockwise, from top left: Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor; University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall; Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor.

Political Landscape Shifts as Hall Inquiry Continues

As a lengthy legislative investigation of University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall appears to be nearing an end, the 2014 elections and developments at the University of Texas System are adding new twists.

Clockwise, from top left: University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall; Gov. Rick Perry; state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo; UT System Board Vice Chairman Gene Powell; and UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa.
Clockwise, from top left: University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall; Gov. Rick Perry; state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo; UT System Board Vice Chairman Gene Powell; and UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa.

Admissions Investigation Preceded by Years of Tension Tied to Higher Ed

A recent announcement that the University of Texas System will commission an external investigation into the admissions process at the University of Texas at Austin is only the latest chapter in an ongoing, tension-filled saga. 

Timeline: Years of Tension in the UT System

We have updated our timeline on the conflict between the University of Texas System, the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Legislature to include the latest developments, including a new investigation into UT-Austin's admissions process.

Clockwise, from top left: State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview; University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; House Speaker Joe Straus; state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie; and University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall.
Clockwise, from top left: State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview; University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; House Speaker Joe Straus; state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie; and University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall.

Admissions Inquiry Takes Center Stage in UT Saga

Of University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall’s allegations of misconduct at UT-Austin, none has gained as much traction as his assertion that there is "secret favoritism" for the politically connected in admissions.