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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) – 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.