College of Public Service Welcomes New Members to College Advisory Council
By Sheryl E. Taylor
The College of Public Service (CPS) is steadfast in its community engagement efforts that to provide its students with the knowledge, tools and humanistic practices they need to facilitate the advancement of diverse constituents and effective resolutions for public service.
To that end, CPS’ College Advisory Council offers an important service to the College’s vision and mission.
“The College Advisory Council provides a great service to the College of Public Service,” said Dr. Jonathan Schwartz, Dean of CPS. “As a community-engaged College, we strive to elevate the voices of our community partners and find new ways to support our students. Our highly qualified Advisory Council provides important feedback and guidance assisting us in meeting our College goals and the Council subcommittees focus on fundraising and community engagement.”
Recently, CPS welcomed three new members to its College Advisory Council:
Quincy Boyd, Regional Director for Leadership ISD
Thao Costis, President & CEO of SEARCH Homeless Services
Dr. Kiesha King (Taylor), Senior National Education Administrator at T-Mobile and the Founder of Prevail Virtual Learning Solutions LLC
“I am thrilled to have these three new members be a part of our College Advisory Council,” emphasized Schwartz. “Dr. King has a passion for reducing and closing the digital divide for students. Ms. Boyd brings a wealth of experience with college access and educational equity and Ms. Costis’ agency helps people move from the streets, into jobs and safe, stable housing. I believe each of these individuals will play an important role in assisting the College of Public Service in meeting our mission.”
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.