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Message From the President: Announcing UHD’s Strategic Plan: A New Paradigm

UHD President Loren J. Blanchard

Greetings, UHD Faculty and Staff,

Last Fall, we embarked together on a journey to create a Strategic Plan to act as a long-term roadmap for the University of
Houston-Downtown. We sought a “living” document that would act as a guide for every decision made on behalf of the University. I am proud to write that with the help of hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community partners, we met our goal of creating the plan: A New Paradigm, UHD’s Strategic Plan for 2022-2027.

The journey began with a Listening Tour in which I received feedback from more than 1,200 attendees over 21 sessions. The information gathered informed the Four Points of our Institutional Compass: Strengthening Educational Justice; Strengthening Student Success and Equity; Supporting Institutional Excellence and Infrastructure; and Growing as an Anchor Institution.

Over the course of the planning process, the Strategic Planning Committee used these key themes as guidance alongside broad insights from institution-wide stakeholder surveys, forums, and additional institutional and external data sources. I wish to acknowledge and thank Committee members Marty Baylor, Wendy Burns-Ardolino, Lucy Bowen, Liboria Chavez, Kit Cho, Sucheta Choudhuri, Lynette Cook-Francis, Shannon Cunningham, Jonathan Davis, Kedrienne Day, Ermelinda DeLaViña, Krista Gehring, Heather Goltz, Paula Mendoza, Whitney Morgan, Mahalia Ogude, Hope Pamplin, Ben Robles, Rachna Sadana, Brandi Smith-Irving, Jemma Sylvester-Caesar, Meritza Tamez, Krysti Turnquest, and Vassilios Tzouanas for their considerable time, passion, and wisdom in creating our strategic plan. I also thank my colleagues Ivonne Montalbano, Akif Uzman, Johanna Wolfe, and Daniel Villanueva Jr., who served with me on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

The shift to a New Paradigm involves considerations of what it means to be an urban, public institution of higher education; to rank among the nation’s top Hispanic–Serving/Minority–Serving Institutions; and to contribute to the well-being and vitality of the residents of Houston and the region. With these attributes, UHD is poised not only for growth, but for successful growth.

This Strategic Plan addresses how this growth may be achieved. With our new mission and vision statements and seven main goals to act as our primary guiding principles, we are now in the business of implementing this plan.

I look forward to working with you as we dive deep during our upcoming retreats to understand how each one of us plays a role in reaching the goals of our New Paradigm.


Loren J. Blanchard, Ph.D.
President, University of Houston-Downtown