SGA President Appointed to THECB Undergraduate Advisory Committee
By Mike Emery
Since arriving at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), Alan Modrow has dedicated himself to serving both the institution and his fellow students. Now, the incoming Student Government Association President will help address issues facing higher education across Texas.
Modrow was appointed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) Undergraduate Advisory Committee. The Committee is focused on developing ideas and strategies that benefit undergraduate education in Texas, as well as THECB’s 60x30 Plan (supporting the goal of having 60 percent of Texans having degrees or certificates by 2030). He is the first UHD student to serve on a THECB committee.
"It's an honor to be appointed as the first student to represent UHD for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board,” he said. “I feel grateful for the mentors and peers who have supported my efforts in creating a path to a more accessible and diverse higher education experience for students. I look forward to serving the University as well as the great state of Texas.”
Modrow, a senior political science major, was elected as SGA President this spring. He also has served as one of the inaugural UHD Blue Coats, who represent the institution at campus events and welcome dignitaries to the University. Presently, he is a member of UHD’s COVID-19 Response Task Force. The THECB Committee appointment represents Modrow’s latest effort in supporting UHD and its students.
“I’m proud to serve this university,” he said. “It has provided so many opportunities for me … and continues to offer rich experiences that help me grow personally and professionally. It’s only natural that I give back and hopefully inspire others to do the same.”
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.