President’s Lecture Series: Creating Strategic Partnerships for a Vibrant Downtown Community
By Marie Jacinto
UHD President Loren J. Blanchard will join Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Kris Larson, President & CEO at Central Houston Inc., for a lively discussion on “Creating Strategic Partnerships for a Vibrant Downtown Community” at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, in the TDECU Tour Room in the Welcome Center. Dr. Jonathan Schwartz, Dean of the College of Public Service, will moderate the panel discussion, which is open to the public. Lunch will be provided.
The three esteemed panelists will discuss the synergy created when local government, the business community, and higher education build strategic alliances to inform a dynamic, livable, and “user-friendly” Downtown Houston. The outcomes are a win-win for community engagement, work force development, and sustainability.
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.