President's Message: College of Public Service Dean Search
Dear UHD Community,
I am announcing today the commencement of a search for a permanent Dean of the College of Public Service.
Interim Dean, Dr. Leigh Van Horn has indicated to me that she will not be a candidate for this position, but has agreed to continue to serve in her role until a successor has been named. I recognize the many contributions she has made to the college and university, and very much appreciate her service over the last four years. UHD owes her a debt of gratitude.
Our new Dean of the Marilyn Davies College of Business, Dr. Charles Gengler, has agreed to serve as chair of the committee. In addition, I have appointed to the committee members of the faculty and staff of the college as well as a university representative. Also, UHD is in the final phase of contracting with the nationally recognized search firm Strobeck/Pimental & Associates to assist in this important search.
Below is a list of members serving on the committee:
Dean, College of Public Service Search Committee
- Dr. Charles Gengler, dean, Marilyn Davies College of Business (Chair)
- Dr. Ronald Beebe, professor, College of Public Service
- Dr. Ashley Blackburn, department chair, College of Public Service
- Dr. Barbara Belbot, professor, College of Public Service
- Dr. Heather Goltz, associate professor, College of Public Service
- Dr. Angela Pedrana, associate professor, College of Public Service
- Dr. Jeffrey Jackson, department chair, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
- Mr. Stephen Quander, college business administrator, College of Public Service
Soon, I will be adding two community representatives, a student, and an alumnus to the committee.
I consider the College of Public Service as crucial to UHD’s efforts to fulfill its mission and achieve its goals. I am confident that the search will successfully identify the right person to lead the college into the next stage of its development.
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 Interim President Dr. Antonio D. Tillis. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 51,000 alumni and offers 44 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).
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. 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.