Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
On Feb. 23, 2017, the University of Houston System Board of Regents appointed Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz to the role of UHD President.
Dr. Muñoz arrived at the University of Houston-Downtown from Texas Tech University (TTU) where he served as a Senior Vice President and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs. At TTU, Muñoz supervised more than 40 units and departments, including oversight of several academic degrees, the TTU Ethics Center, the Military Veterans Program Office, the Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, and the Office of Academic Engagement. There he 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.
Dr. Muñoz currently serves 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 of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and was a past member of its Executive Board as Treasurer. He is a graduate of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership sponsored by Arizona State and Georgetown Universities, ACE's Spectrum Executive Leadership Program, AASCU's Millennium Leadership Initiative, Harvard's Institute for Management and Leadership, the University of California, Berkeley's Executive Leadership Academy, and the University of Texas, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Policy, Governor's Executive Development Program.
Dr. Muñoz previously held an appointment in TTU's College of Education as a Full Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and was an inductee of the TTU Teaching Academy. In the College he served as Coordinator of the Bilingual Education and Diversity Studies program and was a founding member and Director of the College of Education's, Center for Research on Leadership and Education. Prior to joining Texas Tech, Dr. Muñoz was also a faculty member in the Department of Secondary Education at California State University Fullerton. His research interests examine the education of at-risk students and the learning needs of ethnically and linguistically diverse students.
Dr. Muñoz earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After returning from military service in the U.S. Marine Corps during the 1990-91 Gulf Crisis, he attended California State University, Los Angeles, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Mexican-American Studies with an emphasis in literature and literary theory. He completed his Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied Curriculum & Instruction in the Division of Urban Schooling. Prior to attending UCLA, Dr. Muñoz was 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. He is the author of over 96 book chapters, academic articles, and referred conference presentations. In 2010, Dr. Muñoz was among the contributing editors of the seminal compilation, Handbook of Latinos and Education, Routledge. The Handbook received the coveted American Association of Educational Studies' prestigious Critic's Choice Book Award. His recent text, Perspectives in Interdisciplinary and Integrative Studies, explores disciplinary responses and emerging academic offerings that foster interdisciplinary learning.
In Texas, Dr. Muñoz served on the Board of Directors for the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, the South Plains Workforce Development Board and Boys & Girls Club of America Alumni Board. Dr. Muñoz is also a past Board Member of Covenant Health System and Director in the Texas Lyceum. He is past president of the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club, past board member and vice president of the South Plains Boy Scout Council, former commissioner of the Lubbock Housing Authority and Civil Services Commission. He was a member of both American State Bank and Happy State Bank Advisory Boards. 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, where he served as Vice Chairman until the completion of his term in 2017. His community service has been recognized through numerous certificates of commendation from local, state, and congressional offices.