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President's Message: Highlights from the UHS Board of Regents Meeting

Dear UHD Family,

Last week, I had the opportunity to represent UHD at the May 18 University of Houston System Board of Regents meeting. This was my first opportunity to attend a Board meeting since joining the institution in April, and it was a banner day for the University.

One of the highlights was UHD receiving the Regents’ Academic Excellence Award for improving student performance in gateway courses. During that meeting, the Board also approved the state’s first undergraduate degree in data science that will be delivered right here at UHD. Both of these board actions are indicative of our commitment to helping students succeed.

The Board also approved new UHD faculty emeriti and faculty promotions (see the lists below). To the faculty who advanced in rank and those whose dedication to UHD earned emeriti status, I applaud you. Your academic leadership has been essential in helping our Gators finish UHD strong and elevating our institution to greater heights.

UH System Chancellor Dr. Renu Khator and others have expressed to me that UHD is indeed a special place. The Academic Excellence Award, new bachelor’s program and faculty accomplishments are proof of that.

Thank you for making these recent accolades and achievements possible.


Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
UHD President

Faculty Emeriti

College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Thomas Lyttle
Jean DeWitt
Deloris Wanguri

College of Sciences &Technology
Jacek Turski

Marilyn Davies College of Business
Gail Evans
Madeline Johnson

Faculty Promotions Approved By The Board:

Marilyn Davies College of Business
Cathy Zishang Liu, Associate Professor
Trevor Hale, Professor

College of Humanities & Social Sciences
David Branham, Professor
Jeffrey Jackson, Professor
Johanna Schmertz, Professor

College of Public Service
Kevin Buckler, Associate Professor (tenure)
Krista Gehring, Associate Professor
Heather Goltz, Associate Professor

College of Sciences & Technology
Gabriela Bowden, Associate Professor
Kendra Mhoon, Associate Professor
Dvijesh Shastri, Associate Professor
Janusz Grebowicz, Professor
Jerry Johnson, Professor
Amy Baird, Associate Pprofessor




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.