Juan Sánchez Muñoz
University of Houston-Downtown
One Main Building, Suite S990
Telephone: (713) 221-8001
Scope of Responsibilities
As president of UHD, Dr. Muñoz is responsible for leadership, oversight, planning and administration of the University to ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations, University of Houston System and UHD policies as well as higher education best practices. Dr. Muñoz reports to the University of Houston System Chancellor and Board of Regents. His additional responsibilities are to oversee planning, budget decisions and allocations; approve positions and major contracts and agreements; ensure fiscal responsibility and represent the University with external constituencies. Dr. Muñoz provides direct oversight to UHD's Vice Presidents - Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Provost, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Vice President for Advancement and External Relations and Vice President for Employment Services and Operations – as well as other direct reports. In addition, he is responsible for the development, review and achievement of strategic goals.
Dr. Muñoz earned his Doctor of Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles; Master of Arts in Mexican-American Studies with an emphasis in literature and literary theory from California State University, Los Angeles and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Prior to UHD, Dr. Muñoz served as the Senior Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs at Texas Tech University (TTU). He supervised more than 40 units and departments, including the TTU Ethics Center; the Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center and the Office of Academic Engagement. In addition, Dr. Muñoz served on the President's Administrative Council, President's Executive Cabinet, Provost's Staff, Provost Council, Dean's Council, Academic Council and the TTU Strategic Planning Committee. He was inducted into the TTU Teaching Academy and served on the Association of Public and Land Grant University's (APLU) Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence as both a member of the commission and executive council. Dr. Muñoz was a founding member of the National Association on Diversity Officers in Higher Education and served on its executive board as treasurer.
Dr. Muñoz held an appointment in TTU's College of Education as a full professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, served as coordinator for the Bilingual Education and Diversity Studies Program and was a founding member and director of TTU's College of Education, Center for Research on Leadership and Education. He also worked as a faculty member in the Department of Secondary Education at California State University, Fullerton; a secondary school teacher; an instructor in the California Community College system and an adjunct faculty member at Pacific Oakes and Whittier Colleges. Dr. Muñoz's scholarship has appeared in academic journals, books, encyclopedias and at national conferences, and he has authored more than 96 book chapters, academic articles and referred conference presentations.
In addition, Dr. Muñoz served on the board of directors for the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, the South Plains Workforce Development Board and the Boys and Girls Club of America Alumni Board. He is a past board member of Covenant Health Systems, director in the Texas Lyceum, board member of the American State Bank Advisory Board, president of the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club, board member and vice president of the South Plains Boy Scout Council, commissioner of the Lubbock Housing Authority and board member of the Texas Diversity Council. In 2008, Dr. Muñoz was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the board of directors for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and he currently serves as Vice Chairman. His community service has been recognized through numerous certificates of commendation from local, state and congressional offices.