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A Message From President Loren J. Blanchard: Retirement Celebration for Ms. Ivonne Montalbano

UHD President Loren J. Blanchard

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As you know, Ms. Ivonne Montalbano, our Vice President for Employment Services and Operations (ESO) and Chief Human Resources Officer, is retiring after 23 years of service to UHD on March 1, 2023. In celebration of her retirement, I hope you will join me from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, February 27, in the Welcome Center’s Milam/Travis Rooms, to toast her many accomplishments.

We will miss Ivonne’s expertise, loyalty, and guidance. She was responsible for transforming ESO into a dynamic, stand-alone division by automating functions and redesigning the performance-evaluation process, allowing ESO to move from a processing/record-keeping role to one of a consultant/advisor. Understanding that people are at the heart of making a university great, she provided staff with the best resources for professional growth and development. Her dedication to the UHD staff is a tremendous service to the University.

Going forward, I know we will be in good hands with Ms. Erica Morales serving as Interim Assistant Vice President of ESO and providing leadership for our exceptional ESO team until our next leader is identified. You will learn more about this national search in the coming months.

In the meantime, I do hope you will join me on February 27 in thanking Ms. Montalbano for her many contributions to UHD and wishing her well in her well-deserved retirement. Please RSVP.


Loren J. Blanchard, Ph.D.
President, University of Houston-Downtown

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.