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Dean of Students - Welcome to UHD


Welcome to the University of Houston-Downtown! 

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our community. As Dean of Students, I have the pleasure and privilege of working with a dynamic and diverse student body in the heart of downtown Houston.

UHD is home to an engaging faculty and staff committed to your student success. We pride ourselves on creating major opportunities for not only our students, but our community at large.

The talent of our faculty, coupled with small class sizes and flexible course formats such as face-to-face, hybrid and online options, creates an exceptional environment for learning.

I believe that connecting students with career paths - through service learning, internships and leadership development experiences - is a priority for creating global citizens who will have a positive impact in the world.

I was raised in an immigrant household in the Kansas City, Kansas area, and went on to attend universities in Tennessee, Indiana, North Carolina and Kansas. I earned my undergraduate degree in biology and life sciences. My master’s studies were in higher education administration, followed by public administration with a concentration in emergency and crisis management. My doctoral degree is in learning and leadership.

Before coming to UHD in September 2013, I served as associate dean of students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

I am grateful to share my experiences with the UHD community.

In my role as Dean of Students, I supervise the offices of Student Activities and Events, Disability Services, Veterans Services, Sports and Fitness, Student Health and Counseling Services, Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Student Conduct, International and Study Abroad Programs, and the Career Development Center.

I truly believe I have one of the best jobs in higher education. Each and every day is an adventure!

It takes a number of mentors and colleagues to help me learn and grow throughout my leadership journey. If I can help you in any way, please reach out to me. I would love to share a cup of coffee or a conversation with you regarding your student experience and goals. I am very proud to share the UHD experience with you.

Go Gators!


Sara L. Jahansouz, Ed.D.




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Last updated or reviewed on 10/1/14

Dr. Sara L. Jahansouz

Sara L. Jahansouz, Ed.D.











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