Staff Awardee Alex Hernandez Exemplifies Excellence
By Ashley Kilday, Contributing Writer
As UHD’s Staff Awards for 2023 near, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate last year’s recipients.
At the 2022 Staff Awards, Alex Hernandez, Director of College Administration and Operations at the College of Science and Technology (CST), was honored with the Staff Excellence Award in recognition of Hernandez’s exceptional contributions and outstanding achievements in his role.
When Hernandez received the news of his selection, he felt surprised and honored, describing the moment as “an amazing feeling.” Expressing his gratitude, Hernandez said, “I don’t think it’s just about me. It’s about the people who I’ve surrounded myself with and those who helped me get to where I am today.” He attributed his success to the support and mentorship he received throughout his journey at UHD.
Hernandez is both staff and alum, having graduated from UHD with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance followed by an MBA. After completing his studies, he initially considered pursuing a career outside the University, but his passion for UHD drew him back. He’s been an integral part of the institution ever since.
Hernandez acknowledged several individuals who played a significant role in his professional development. He expressed deep appreciation for former and current supervisors as an invaluable support system and recognized his dedicated staff for their contributions, emphasizing that his achievements would not have been possible without their unwavering commitment.
As the Director of College Administration and Operations for the CST, Hernandez’s responsibilities are focused on compliance, financial oversight, procurement, and human resources. In this role, he ensures that financial processes and transactions adhere to institutional policies and regulations. His attention to detail and dedication to compliance have made him indispensable to CST. “I make sure we’re able to meet the compliances required of us from an institutional point of view,” he said.
Leading a team of full-time staff and student workers, Hernandez places a strong emphasis on creating a positive work environment. “I like to be a good resource for my colleagues,” he said. He offers support and provides the necessary tools and training to promote professional growth. Hernandez’s collaborative approach has fostered a culture of teamwork and productivity within the college. “I am always willing to help others,” he said.
Looking ahead, Hernandez remains committed to supporting the college’s vision and goals. He aims to continue streamlining procedures and minimizing obstacles to ensure the successful implementation of initiatives driven by the college’s Chairs and Deans. While acknowledging the occasional challenges that arise, Hernandez remains steadfast in his desire to find solutions and navigate potential roadblocks—always in the spirit of seeking excellence.
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.