Dr. Jerry Johnson Selected For Leadership Cohort
By Cynthia Gonzales
The Sixth Cohort of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership recently selected 37 leaders from more than two dozen universities as fellows including one from the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD).
Dr. Jerry Johnson, Jr., assistant vice president for Research & Sponsored Programs, was among the leaders selected for the eight-month program, which began in November. The program is hosted at Arizona State University and Georgetown University.
During four intensive sessions in the District of Columbia and Tempe, Arizona, fellows at the Academy will be introduced to the latest thinking and research about change leadership, teaching and learning in a digital age, external challenges facing higher education, and the financial sustainability of institutions.
Participants also will apply the principles of “design thinking” to reimagine the future of higher education. A mix of seminars, hands-on workshops, design sessions and fireside chats with leading thinkers from various industries will help the fellows prepare for leading innovation at their own institutions.
“I am humbled and grateful to UHD for nominating and sponsoring my participation in the Academy," said Johnson. "I hope to leverage the curriculum for the benefit of UHD faculty, staff and students."
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 Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.