Dr. Creshema Murray Named Special Assistant to UHD's Office of the President
By Mike Emery
The University of Houston-Downtown’s Dr. Creshema Murray is an accomplished professor, author and researcher. She also frequently shares her insights in politics, popular culture and communications with local and national media outlets. This fall, she takes on a new role—Special Assistant to the Office of the UHD President.
Murray, Associate Professor of Corporate Communication, will support UHD Interim President Antonio Tillis, Ph.D. with special projects and serve as an adviser on federal, state and local issues that can potentially impact the University. She also will review and research policies relevant to UHD and its constituents. Ultimately, Murray will develop, implement and oversee administrative processes that ensure the optimal functioning of the Office of the President.
“Dr. Murray’s expertise in organizational communications and higher education will be an asset to this office and to the University,” said Interim President Tillis. “She brings fresh perspectives to the Office of the President and an unwavering commitment to the success of UHD and its students. I am honored that she will serve in this role.”
Since 2013, Murray has been a faculty member in UHD’s Communication Studies program (based in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences). At UHD, she also serves as a Fellow in the Center for Critical Race Studies. During her time at the University, she edited and contributed content to the book "Leadership Through the Lens: Interrogating Production, Presentation and Power" (Lexington Books).
Murray previously held a teaching position at the University of Georgia. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Social Work; Master of Arts in Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication; and a Doctorate in Organizational Communication from the University of Alabama.
“I am beyond elated to serve in the role of Special Assistant to the University of Houston-Downtown’s Office of the President,” Murray said. “We are facing pivotal changes in our country and at the University, and I am grateful to be in a position to serve and support our current administration as we navigate unpredictable times. As a leader, it is my goal to always be compassionate, understanding, and flexible; ready to serve our students, staff, and faculty.”
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.