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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) 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.