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) 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.