Statement from President Powers on Chancellor Cigarroa’s Resignation

Feb. 10, 2014

The following is a statement from UT Austin President Bill Powers on UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa’s resignation:

Chancellor Cigarroa has worked tirelessly on critical issues for the last five years and has become a leader in the national discussion about improving higher education. We are in a better place in Texas because of his leadership.

I will always remember and appreciate his support in a variety of areas, most of all, establishing a medical school at UT Austin. Likewise, the entire state will always remember and benefit from the new University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley, which will soon be a reality because of Francisco. There could be no greater legacy for a man who has dedicated his life to the two noblest of all pursuits — saving lives and educating our citizens.

As Francisco said, he is returning to his first love, practicing medicine. I wish him and Graciela the best.

For more information, contact: Gary Susswein, Office of the President, 512-471-4945.