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Celebrating 50 Years of UHD Leadership: A Fireside Chat with Former UHD Presidents

PLS_Fireside Chat_1080x1080 (Gabriel Morales's conflicted copy 2024-02-27)How did we become the Gators? What was the transition from South Texas Junior College to University of Houston Downtown College like? What have been some of the biggest challenges and major concerns UHD has faced through the years?

Have these and other burning questions about UHD’s history answered at the next President’s Lecture Series event entitled “Fireside Chat with Former UHD Presidents,” slated for 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, in A-300, One Main Building, with a reception to follow. Plus, be among the first to preview UHD's newly named magazine Skyline and receive a special 50th anniversary t-shirt (for the first 200 people). 

Current UHD President Loren J. Blanchard will moderate. Former UHD Presidents Alex F. Schilt (1980-1987), Max Castillo (1992-2009), and William V. Flores (2009-2016) will be the panelists.

“This fireside chat aims to engage our community in a meaningful dialogue, celebrating the accomplishments and examining the challenges that have shaped the university over the years,” said Ivonne Montalbano, Co-Chair, 50th Anniversary Steering Committee.  “It will delve into the rich history of our university, and our former presidents' experiences will undoubtedly contribute significantly to the historical narrative we wish to share with the audience. Their tenure as UHD presidents left a lasting mark on our institution, and we believe their perspective will provide valuable insights into the evolution and milestones of our university.”



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.