Francisco G. Cigarroa
|Francisco Gonzalez Cigarroa|
December 7, 1957 |
Laredo, Webb County
|Residence||San Antonio, Texas, USA|
|Alma mater||University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center|
|Occupation||Hispanic to serve as president of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio|
Francisco Gonzalez Cigarroa (born December 1, 1957) is an American medical doctor and current chancellor of the University of Texas System. As a Mexican American, Cigarroa is also the first Hispanic to serve as president of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).
Born in the border city of Laredo in south Texas, Cigarroa graduated from J. W. Nixon High School. In 1979, he earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1983. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, a national honor society for medical students, residents, scientists, and physicians in the United States and Canada.
During his twelve years of postgraduate training, Cigarroa was chief resident at Massachusetts General Hospital ‒ the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts ‒ and completed a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
In January 2009, Cigarroa was appointed chancellor of the University of Texas System. He is the first Hispanic to ever lead a major university system in the United States. Before this appointment he had been the first Hispanic president of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
On July 1, 2010, Cigarroa began serving an elected six-year term as an Alumni Fellow to the Yale Corporation, the governing body of Yale University.
In August 2011, Cigarroa presented to the University Board of Regents his Framework for Excellence designed to make the University of Texas System one of the top-ranked US educational systems of higher learning. The framework was unanimously approved by the Board of Regents and has since received national acclaim. In December 2011, Cigarroa was invited to the White House to share his program with US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
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