President Blanchard Continues to Share UHD's Story with Houstonians
Following the State of the University Address, University of Houston-Downtown President Loren J. Blanchard continued to share his vision for the University through different platforms, including recent interviews with the Houston Chronicle and KPRC Ch. 2.
On Sept. 9, the Houston Chronicle featured him in an article that recapped the State of the University and shared insights on his goals for UHD. The article also included photos of one of Blanchard's first meetings with the Student Government Association. The article also ran in the print edition of the Houston Chronicle on Sept. 13. It remains on HoustonChronicle.com for subscribers.
Houston Newsmakers on KPRC followed this coverage with a one-on-one interview with President Blanchard and host Khambrel Marshall on Sept. 19. During this conversation, Blanchard discussed the University's response to COVID-19, its priorities, its role within the UH System and why he sought the role of UHD President.
"What drew me here was the population of students we have the pleasure of serving at the University of Houston-Downtown," he said during the interview. "As you know, we're the most diverse university in the south, and as a result of that, it provides the opportunity to ensure that these young people, many of whom are first-generation students ... and certainly adult learners as well ... have the best opportunity imaginable to get the highest quality educational experience at the University of Houston-Downtown."
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.