Gators Who Give Back: Meet Jesus De La Cerda, Jr.
In the late 90s, UHD alumnus Jesus De La Cerda, Jr. (’99) wanted to pursue a degree in Purchasing & Supply Management.
At the time, Jesus was the first in his family to attend college and he was looking for a program that would further set him apart in a chosen career. Also, at the time, the only accredited Supply Management program in Texas was offered at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD). The University’s reputation for accreditation, affordability, and proximity (a mere four miles from his home) made UHD the perfect choice.
As a student, he flourished under the guidance of UHD’s faculty, staff and academic advisors whom he credits as instrumental for his success. Thanks to experiential learning opportunities as part of his education, Jesus received numerous employment offers before graduation.
He earned a bachelor’s of business administration degree in purchasing & supply management, with a minor in marketing, and now is a supply chain manager for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.
Now 20 years later, universities across the U.S. offer degree programs known as supply chain management making UHD a Texas pioneer in this discipline.
Jesus recommends UHD to colleagues, friends and family members based on the strength of the University’s programs, class flexibility (evening and online) with one of the lowest tuition rate in the state.
His family are also Gators. Jesus met his wife at UHD and his two younger brothers and most recently two younger cousins are now proud Gators.
Not only is Jesus a great example of Gator Grit, he also makes it a priority to make charitable gifts to his alma mater every year.
“I believe in giving back to where you came from,” he said. “My UHD education has been a great investment that has paid dividends over the past 20 years. I would not be where I am now without my degree from UHD.”
He’s committed to supporting scholarships for students who are hardworking, resilient, dedicated and “full of Gator Grit” to achieve their academic goals. To show his gratitude, Jesus also supports the Marilyn Davies College of Business.
“More alumni should support UHD,” Jesus emphasized. “Your alma mater follows you throughout your career. It’s a smart investment to help ensure that UHD’s reputation continues to flourish which in return also reflects on you.”