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)—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 60,000 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 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.