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President's Message: Celebrating Independence Day

UHD President Loren J. Blanchard

Dear UHD Community,

I'd like to wish you a happy Fourth of July!

As we prepare to commemorate the anniversary of our nation's independence, let us take time to reflect on this day's significance and to remember those who fought for our liberty. Personally, I'd like to thank the veterans and active military members, including those from our Gator Community, who have worked to protect our freedom.

And as we honor our country's history, let's also look toward its future.

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit with a subset of the many University leaders who are shaping UHD's future and no doubt will have an impact on the future of our city and state as well.

I sat down for a candid conversation with UHD's newly inaugurated Student Government Association officers. It was an enlightening exchange that allowed me to hear their hopes and plans for the next academic year.

Their passion, professionalism and progressive ideas for our University are most impressive as is the fact that each of these student leaders is a woman of color – a strong demonstration of the progress and promise afforded by both UHD and our country to provide opportunity for all.

These students, like all members of the UHD family, are working to achieve greater excellence for our campus, and I value their efforts. Likewise, I appreciate the students, faculty and staff members who are performing to the best of their abilities and serving as ambassadors to our University's mission in our region.

With that in mind, I encourage everyone to unplug, recharge and commemorate the Fourth. As a reminder, the University will be closed on Monday, July 5, so enjoy the break with friends, family and loved ones.

And please keep in mind that while celebrations will be in effect throughout our city, the nation continues to address the ongoing pandemic. As you observe this special day, please take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe holiday weekend.

Thank you and have a great Fourth of July!


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