Marilyn Davies College of Business Names New Dean
By Sheryl E. Taylor
UHD’s Marilyn Davies College of Business welcomed its new dean, Dr. Charles E. Gengler. Gengler arrived at UHD on July 23 after serving as dean of the School of Business and Information Systems at City University of New York (CUNY) ‒ York College.
He succeeds Dr. Michael Fields as dean of the Marilyn Davies College of Business, who retired in June.
At CUNY, Gengler developed a master’s program in aviation management and coordinated international partnerships with colleges in China. Previously, he served as the chair for the department of marketing and international business for CUNY – Baruch College. He also held teaching positions for esteemed institutions, such as Rutgers University and Clarkson University. Gengler also has served as a consultant to numerous companies.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computer science from the University of Illinois Urbana; a Master of Science in marketing from The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD); and a Ph.D. in management science (marketing) from The University of Texas at Dallas.
“I am proud to work with the fine colleagues in a college committed to the long-term success of our students,” said Gengler. “The greatest honor is to see the positive impact we have on the lives of the many students who attend UHD. With the value we deliver to our students, the Marilyn Davies College of Business is destined for incredible growth. We will continue to be a great resource for the economic growth of Houston and all of Texas.”
[The article was published in the latest edition of UHD Magazine.]
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.