AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin City Council Member Bill Spelman will undergo surgery to remove a pancreatic tumor, his office said Thursday.
The tumor was discovered last week and will be removed at St. David's Medical Center on Friday.
"Just removing the tumor may not be enough to solve the problem," said Spelman, who also is a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. "We won't know what kind of follow-up attention I'll need until after surgery."
He added that his doctors said he "can be in the classroom on the first day of the fall semester, and I expect to get back on the council dais even sooner than that."
Spelman's office said that his family "is grateful for the support of friends and colleagues." Spelman's city council office.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as he works through this difficult process," said Mayor Leffingwell. "All of us at City Hall will be working closely with Bill to make sure he and his staff have all the support they need during this time.
"I look forward to having him back on the dais as soon as he is able."
Spelman served on the Austin City Council from 1997 to 2000. He was elected again in 2009.
At the LBJ School, Spelman teaches applied math and statistics, urban policy and public management. From 1997 to 2005, he was also executive director of the Texas Institute for Public Problem Solving, which trained 13,000 police officers throughout Texas in the practice of community policing.
Before coming to UT in 1988, Spelman spent seven years with the Police Executive Research Forum.
Spelman earned his bachelor's in political science and economics from UCLA, a master's in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard.
His and his wife, Niyanta, have two sons, Jasiel and Ronan. They live in Hyde Park.
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