President's Message: 2019 Report To The Community
Dear UHD Community,
Thank you to those who attended yesterday’s Report to the Community.
This was my third university-wide fall address since I arrived at the University in 2016, and I was pleased to share just some of UHD’s success stories from the past year, as well as our upcoming goals.
During the presentation, I addressed topics including the new College of Sciences & Technology Building; recent legislative support that is paving the way for a new Wellness & Success Center; and the results of a new study reflecting UHD’s $2 billion economic impact on the region.
Additionally, I discussed UHD’s growing presence as a site for national events, such as the recent “Education Now” town hall presented by NBC News and KPRC. I also cited significant accomplishments such as UHD earning a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award and a Council for Advancement and Support of Education fundraising award.
The report also acknowledged the efforts of faculty and staff members in supporting our students during Tropical Storm Imelda. And lastly, my remarks honored our good friend and former provost Ed Hugetz. As stated in a previous message, Ed is calling it a career at UHD, and we are profoundly grateful for his service.
I was particularly pleased to share news regarding merit raises. Based on the tireless efforts of UHD’s faculty and staff that resulted in the University achieving its enrollment and retention goals, a 2.5 percent merit pool for eligible employees was announced.
While this Report to the Community is delivered by UHD’s President, it is made possible by everyone. The dedication of the entire University community provides the foundations for this annual address. And, it is paying off with more students attending UHD, more Gators graduating, and greater prosperity for our city and region.
Thank you for your hard work.
Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
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.