Statement from USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez on Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa's Announced Retirement

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- "Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa is the consummate academic professional and a true 'Renaissance Man'. As the nation's first Hispanic to lead a major university system, Francisco has devoted 14 years of his life toward making the state of Texas a premier location for students to acquire a first class education that enables them to pursue their dreams. While the University of Texas System loses a great Chancellor with Dr. Cigarroa's departure, it gains an experienced physician, devoted to the pediatric surgery unit at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC-SA). The USHCC applauds Dr. Cigarroa's years of service at the helm of the University of Texas system, and looks forward to commemorating his leadership and many new contributions to the world of public health."

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CONTACT: Valentina Pereda USHCC Director of Communications 202-489-2932Source:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce