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Steadfast Partner TDECU Recognized


By Sheryl E. Taylor

On March 21, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) hosted a recognition event for Texas Dow Employees Credit Union’s (TDECU) dedication to empowering lives in the communities it serves. This event also celebrated the naming of the Welcome Center's TDECU Tour Room.

In attendance were UHD President, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz; TDECU President and CEO Stephanie Sherrodd; University community members and dignitaries from TDECU, including:

  • Lucilla Henderson, Vice President, Community Relations and Business Development
  • Chris Soriano, Downtown Member Center Manager
  • Markel Travis , Vice President, Community Relations and Business Development
  • Krista Thompson, Director of Product and Channel Support
  • Luke Billeri, Vice President, Retail Locations
  • Gary Lanier, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
  • Kerri Wikoff, Regional Vice President
  • Alex De La Cruz, Chief Growth, Strategy and Marketing Officer

“Since 2015, TDECU has been a steadfast partner to UHD, helping in the university’s community engagement efforts, actively building bridges to recruit Gators as employees and interns, and creatively supporting our staff and students,” said Jacob Lipp, director of Corporate Relations at UHD. “We’re proud to work side by side with the great people of this organization to improve lives and communities.”

As part of the Welcome Center (located in the Girard Street Building), the TDECU Tour Room opened in 2016. It regularly hosts campus events, including the Gator Grit Speaker Series, town hall events, luncheons and presentations.

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.