Cigarroa selected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

AUSTIN – Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., chancellor of The University of Texas System, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s leading honorary societies and centers for policy research.

Cigarroa was one of 212 individuals selected in the Academy’s 2011 class, which was announced April 19. Members contribute to studies of science and technology policy, global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities and education, according to the Academy’s website.

Among those selected this year are some of the world’s most accomplished individuals in academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts. The Academy was founded in 1780 and includes Nobel laureates, Pulitzer winners, writers, artists, civic and corporate leaders, and philanthropists, among others.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 1, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  A list of the new Academy members is available at this link:

A nationally renowned pediatric and transplant surgeon, Cigarroa served as president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio from 2000 until his appointment in 2009 as chancellor of The University of Texas System.

A member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, Cigarroa is a Fellow of the American College of Surgery and a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and has received a certificate in pediatric surgery from the American Board of Surgery. He recently was elected in June 2010 to serve as an Alumni Fellow to The Yale Corporation, the university's governing board.

About The University of Texas System

The University of Texas System is one of the nation’s largest higher education systems, with nine academic campuses and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $12.8 billion (FY 2011) including $2.3 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Preliminary student enrollment exceeded 202,000 in the 2009 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's health care professionals annually. With more than 84,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.