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 ...

The Brief: June 25, 2014

Flagship university chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa interviewed by editor Evan Smith at TribLive on March 28, 2013.
Flagship university chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa interviewed by editor Evan Smith at TribLive on March 28, 2013.

The Tribune's Reeve Hamilton has dropped the first in a three-part series tackling the timely topic of lawmakers writing recommendations on behalf of applicants to the University of Texas at Austin. 

Dr. Robert Nelsen, president of the University of Texas-Pan American, talks about his school's undocumented student population during a panel discussion at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 28, 2013.
Dr. Robert Nelsen, president of the University of Texas-Pan American, talks about his school's undocumented student population during a panel discussion at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 28, 2013.

UTPA President Nelsen to Step Down in August

Robert Nelsen, who has served as president of the University of Texas-Pan American since 2010, announced Monday that he will be stepping down at the end of August.

State Reps. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and Dan Flynn, R-Canton, explain the House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations recommendation of impeachment in the case against Regent Wallace Hall, Jr. on May 12, 2014.
State Reps. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and Dan Flynn, R-Canton, explain the House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations recommendation of impeachment in the case against Regent Wallace Hall, Jr. on May 12, 2014.

After Vote on Hall, Panel's Members Look to UT System to Take Action

After voting on Monday that grounds exist to impeach one of the regents of the University of Texas System, members of a legislative committee say they hope to see a proactive response from UT's board of regents, which meets this week.

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.

The Brief: April 29, 2014

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.

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

UT Regent Recorded Chancellor Without His Knowledge

During a closed-door session of the University of Texas System Board of Regents in August, one of the regents recorded a discussion with Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa without his knowledge, the system confirmed this week.

Gov. Rick Perry holds his Texas driver's license and his wallet as he heads to a west Austin early voting site on October 30, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry holds his Texas driver's license and his wallet as he heads to a west Austin early voting site on October 30, 2013.

The Brief: April 23, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry continued to work to get Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg to resign even after following through on the threat to veto money for the Public Integrity Unit.

The Brief: March 26, 2014

The release of more than 2,000 email documents by the University of Texas System to news outlets is providing a fuller — albeit heavily redacted — picture of the various conflicts between regents and administrators.

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.

Francisco Cigarroa answers questions after resigning his post as UT System Chancellor on Feb. 10, 2014.
Francisco Cigarroa answers questions after resigning his post as UT System Chancellor on Feb. 10, 2014.

Rift Between UT-Austin, UT System Appears to Deepen

Though 2013 ended with signals that the years-long rift between the UT-Austin administration and the UT System Board of Regents might be mended, a review of documents suggests that doesn't appear to be in the cards.

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, Significant Discord

Francisco Cigarroa's improbable tenure as chancellor of the University of Texas System was as notable for its achievement as it was for its discord. In some ways, his arrival was more surprising than his departure.

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 Brief: March 14, 2014

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.

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 Firm to Help Find Its Next 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 Commissioner Kyle Janek, the governor's reported pick.

Texas attorney general and candidate for governor of Texas Greg Abbott during a campaign stop in San Marcos, Texas on October 12th, 2013.
Texas attorney general and candidate for governor of Texas Greg Abbott during a campaign stop in San Marcos, Texas on October 12th, 2013.

The Brief: Feb. 11, 2014

On paper and in person, GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott pushed back on Monday against critics of his use of the term "third world" to describe corruption in Texas.

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 conclusion of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations' investigation of University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall is on the horizon, if not imminent.

The Brief: Dec. 13, 2013

New numbers suggest the state is having a hard time — at least initially — maintaining the same level of women's health services under its new purely state-funded program as the mostly federally funded program that preceded it.

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 now — 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 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: Dec. 12, 2013

Bill Powers' future as University of Texas at Austin president could be put to a vote at a Thursday meeting of the UT System's Board of Regents.

Regent Paul Foster at the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting Aug. 22, 2013.
Regent Paul Foster at the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting Aug. 22, 2013.

UT Board Chairman to Recommend Policy Changes

Following a week of intense scrutiny from the Legislature, University of Texas System Board of Regents Chairman Paul Foster announced on Friday that he intends to recommend new policy changes in November.

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 Rio Grande 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 special session agenda.