UT regents meet to pick chancellor finalist

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas System regents are scheduled to meet Tuesday night to possibly name a finalist in their search for a new chancellor to oversee the 15-campus system.

If the regents name a finalist, the candidate must wait 21 days before being officially confirmed for the job.

The chancellor oversees the system’s nine academic and six health campuses.

Current Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announced in February he would step down to return full time to his job as a transplant surgeon. Cigarroa’s tenure was notable for the creation of the new Rio Grande Valley university and the creation of two new medical schools.

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But it was also marked by clashes with Austin campus President Bill Powers and efforts by some regents to fire Powers, who is stepping down next year.