University of Texas Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa says he will resign after five years of leading the system, in order to return full time to practicing medicine.
In an email to system staff Sunday night, Cigarroa said he was leaving to be the head of pediatric surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, the AP reports.
“I knew the day would come when I would return to transplant surgery,” Cigarroa wrote in the email, which was obtained by the AP. “The time has come for me to return to my lifelong love and passion—saving lives one individual at a time.”
Cigarroa had maintained his job as a surgeon while overseeing nine academic campuses and six health science centers. The system recently approved a new university in South Texas with a medical school, and a new medical school at the Austin campus.