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Daniel Villanueva, Jr. Elected to Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education


By Cynthia Gonzales

The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) recently elected UHD’s Daniel Villanueva, Jr. as its 2019 president-elect.

Villanueva, who is University of Houston-Downtown’s assistant vice president of Enrollment Management and Registrar, is very excited about the three-year term.

“It’s really great because the face of Latinos in higher education will be at UHD,” said Villanueva.

TACHE, is a professional association committed to the improvement of educational and employment opportunities for Chicanos in higher education.

As president-elect, Villanueva will be tasked with meeting with state legislators, advocating for Latinos in higher education and working with lobbyists on Latino public policy initiatives. His biggest job, however will be serving as the organization's 2020 conference chair.

As the planner and host of the 45th annual conference, Villanueva will be responsible for selecting a conference theme, kicking off the hosting process, securing hotels and identifying meeting places for the conference, which will be held in Houston.

“The last time this conference was here was in 2006," he said. “I’m very excited to help bring it back to Houston and possibly involve UHD in this very important event."

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – 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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.