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President's Message: A Good First Week at UHD

Dear UHD Students,

This week, I began my tenure as the President of the University of Houston-Downtown. I’ve already had the opportunity to personally introduce myself to many of you. During my first days on campus, I interacted with many of you during “Pizza with the President” and have visited a few UHD classes. Events such as these were a perfect introduction to the Gator family.

I look forward to meeting more of you soon. If you see me on campus, don’t hesitate to introduce yourself. Hearing stories about your UHD experiences is both helpful and motivating. I’m particularly interested in learning about what you’re doing in the classroom and in the community. Your activities drive this institution, and I’m already learning about many great student initiatives.

Student success isn’t just one of my priorities here at UHD. It is among my highest priorities. Alongside my fellow faculty and staff members, I am committed to educating, graduating and serving all of the Gators who arrive at our campus.

Although the spring semester is coming to a close, my time here is just beginning. I am honored to be the President of this great institution and ready to help you finish UHD strong.


Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
UHD President


About 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.