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) 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.