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Message from the President

UHD Summer Updates

May 22, 2013


Dear UHD Community:

Last week's University of Houston System Board of Regents meeting ushered in some exciting advances for the UHD campus, faculty and students and I'm pleased to share these developments with you.

Facility Improvements:

The regents approved $16.5 million in financing for the design and construction of our new Girard Street Parking Garage and Welcome Center. The new Welcome Center will serve as a primary entry point for current and potential UHD students, and provide visitors with the information they need to feel welcomed and knowledgeable about the University's offerings. In the coming weeks David Bradley, Vice President for Administration and Finance, will provide details on the demolition of the existing garage and subsequent construction plans.

Addition of Degree Plans and Fixed Tuition Rates:

We must ensure that we are providing students with the most relevant programs and majors to facilitate their success in Houston's global economy. For this reason, the Board approved two new UHD degrees: a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Composition and a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences. With the addition of these degrees, we will enhance the opportunities we can provide to students, while also bolstering the University's ability to train tomorrow's business and energy-sector leaders.

The Board also addressed the subject of four-year fixed tuition rates for all of the UHS universities, with implementation targeted for fall 2014. Such an approach would provide students with a greater degree of cost-certainty as they plan their college careers.

Also at the Board meeting, the regents approved UHD's request to develop graduate certificate programs that can be offered on a stand-alone basis or used to augment existing graduate programs. Our initial graduate certificates will focus on the needs of the business community. Our MBA students will be able to engage in more concentrated studies that will better enable them to achieve their future career goals, and Houston-area companies will benefit from the more specialized graduates UHD is able to produce. Provost Hugetz will be working with all of the deans to determine if graduate certificates can be introduced in other disciplines.

Faculty Promotion and Recognition:

I am delighted to share that the Board of Regents approved the nomination of Dr. Molly Woods, Professor of Administrative Services Management, for Professor Emeritus in recognition of her long and distinguished record of service, teaching and scholarship at UHD.

During her tenure as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, a position she held for 20 years, student enrollment grew from 6,000 to 13,000 students, the University expanded from two colleges to five, and the University's inventory of degree programs grew from 18 bachelor's programs to 44 bachelor's and four master's programs.

Dr. Woods continues to teach business communication courses and is committed to improving student writing and oral communication skills. I know you will all join me in congratulating Molly for her accomplishment and thank her for her continued service.

The Board of Regents also approved the promotion and/or tenure of several of our outstanding faculty members. I extend my thanks to each of them for their many contributions to the University, the guidance they provide their students, and the leadership they provide in their respective departments. Please join me in congratulating the following faculty members for their achievements. Those individuals marked with an asterisk earned both promotion and tenure:

College of Business:

  • Forrest Aven, Professor
  • Peter DeVries, Professor
  • Chu Nguyen, Associate Professor*

College of Humanities and Social Sciences:

  • Kristin Anderson, Professor
  • Stephanie Babb, Associate Professor*
  • Jane Creighton, Professor
  • Ruth Johnson, Associate Professor*
  • Anne Kane, Associate Professor*
  • Natalia Matveeva, Associate Professor*
  • Cara Murray, Associate Professor*
  • David Ryden, Professor
  • Nell Sullivan, Professor

College of Public Service:

  • Ashley Blackburn, Associate Professor*
  • Traqina Emeka, Associate Professor*
  • Shannon Fowler, Associate Professor*
  • Leigh Van Horn, Professor

College of Sciences and Technology:

  • Hong Lin, Professor

With the University's 54th commencement last Saturday, I'd like to thank all of you for the invaluable role you play in educating and guiding our students. More than 1,000 new UHD graduates received their diplomas last weekend and embarked on exciting new careers or advanced graduate studies. They joined our network of nearly 35,000 alumni and each one of you contributed to their success.

Best wishes for a productive summer!


Bill Flores
UHD President


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