UT names new chancellor

January 9, 2009 10:06:08 AM PST
Francisco Cigarroa, president of the UT Health Science Center, on Friday was named chancellor of the University of Texas System, the state's largest network of colleges. A transplant surgeon and Laredo native, Cigarroa will assume his duties Feb. 2, UT officials said after regents held a special meeting to make the selection.

"Dr. Cigarroa's impeccable credentials, superior administrative skills and unparalleled passion for medicine and academia make him an outstanding selection to lead our university system," said H. Scott Caven, Jr., chairman of the UT Board of Regents.

Regents had already named Cigarroa as the sole finalist for the job last month, but state law requires regents to formally name chancellor candidates at least 21 days before selecting one.

Mark Yudof left the chancellor job in June to head up the University of California system. Regents have not announced what the new chancellor's salary will be but said his compensation package would be similar to Yudof's. When Yudof left the job, he was making $775,000, according to UT system spokesman Matt Flores.

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