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Dr. Jerry Johnson Selected For Leadership Cohort


By Cynthia Gonzales

Head shot of Dr. Jerry JohnsonThe 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." 


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.