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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
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.