15:38 PM

Message from UHD President & Provost

Thank You, Faculty & Staff

Dear Colleagues,

As we enter week 3 of online classes and (for many of us) working from home, this is clearly not how we envisioned the Spring 2020 semester. Not surprisingly, our exceptional faculty and staff have again stepped up to support our students. Indeed, everyone at UHD has pulled together during this very challenging period.

In an unbelievably short amount of time, almost 1,400 course sections were moved to virtual platforms. Many of you worked tirelessly to ensure that the semester could continue as scheduled for our students. It was an unprecedented UHD team effort, one that exemplifies the professionalism, kindness and competence of the faculty and staff at UHD. Thank you for your commitment to our students and their academic futures.

And, we would like to recognize those who have remained on campus throughout this crisis, including the officers and security guards of UHD’s Police Department, shipping and receiving staff, and our colleagues in the Information Technology Department. Your service to our University is profoundly appreciated.

As you continue to work from either home or campus, don’t lose sight of what’s important right now … you. Take care of yourselves and your family members. And if you’re not already in regular meetings with colleagues and friends, make sure to reach out. Check in with co-workers to see how they’re doing. Be there for each other and lend support wherever you can.

At a time when many of us are isolated, it’s important that UHD Gators continue to work together to ensure a successful conclusion to the semester and emerge from this ordeal a stronger and more resilient UHD community.

Thank you for all that you’re doing. Keep up the great work.

Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
UHD President

Dr. Eric Carl Link
UHD Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs and Provost


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.