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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) – 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 61,000 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 awarded UHD 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.