Dr. Sheila Lloyd Joins UHD as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Sheila Lloyd will be joining the University of Houston-Downtown as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. She will officially assume this role on May 31.
Lloyd will be joining the Office of the Provost Executive Team to collaborate with key stakeholders to provide principled leadership in advancing the UHD’s vision to become a premier city university engaging every student in high-impact educational experiences and ensuring that students graduate with 21st century skills. Part of this leadership will include developing a strategic vision and plan for academic innovation that enhances UHD’s identity and commitment and aligns with UHD’s priorities.
She will be responsible for administering and overseeing efforts related to accreditation and assessment, to cultivating and strengthening partnerships, and to retention and graduation efforts as well as new academic affairs initiatives. Lloyd will provide strategic leadership for the offices of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation, Data Analytics and Institutional Research, and Continuing Education.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Lloyd join the administrative team here in the Office of the Provost,” said Dr. Eric Carl Link, the UHD Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. “She brings to UHD years of outstanding administrative experience, and she will be instrumental in helping to advance the mission of our institution. Her work with strategic planning, diversity initiatives, accreditation, and student success will serve the students, faculty, and staff of UHD well in the coming years.”
Lloyd is coming to UHD from Mills College where she has been serving as the Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Faculty Affairs, the founding Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, and Accreditation Liaison Officer. Dr. Lloyd earned her tenure and the rank of full professor at the University of Redlands, where she served as the Director of Assessment and Accreditation Liaison Officer for Academic Affairs. Her academic interests include African-American literature and contemporary literary theory.
Lloyd comments on her past experience and what drew her to UHD, “As an administrator, I am guided by a desire to realize educational justice, equitable student outcomes, and inclusive communities. Most inspiring to me about this position is the opportunity to assist in achieving UHD’s mission to develop students’ talents and prepare them for success in a dynamic global society.”
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 60,000 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 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.