Statement from The University of Texas System Chancellor William H. McRaven

When Dr. Ron DePinho was named president of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center by the Board of Regents in 2011,  it was his vision and passion for ending cancer, with new ideas and innovations, that set him apart from other top candidates. Over the past five and a half years, President DePinho did exactly what he pledged to do—elevate the scientific enterprise through the recruitment and retention of world class researchers, accelerate the translation of intellectual property, develop new collaborations with other institutions and hospitals, and put internal teams of the world’s best clinicians and researchers together to mobilize MD Anderson’s quest to speed up development for new and more effective treatments. I will be forever grateful to President DePinho for all he has done, not only for his great institution, but for every person, myself included, whose life has been impacted by cancer. We all know that he has been and will continue to be our champion.