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UHD Interim President Tillis to Deliver Report to the Community Sept. 24


By Mike Emery

Antonio D. Tillis, Ph.D.

This summer, Antonio D. Tillis, Ph.D. took the reins as the University of Houston-Downtown’s Interim President. The veteran educator and administrator arrived at UHD as the institution continued to adapt to the challenges of COVD-19. Under his leadership, UHD successfully started the fall semester, helping countless Houstonians realize their dreams of earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

This week, Tillis will deliver his first President’s Report to the Community addressing UHD’s resilience in the face of an ongoing pandemic, its recent successes, enrollment and the journeys that lie ahead for Houston’s second largest university.

The UHD President’s Report to the Community will be presented at 2 p.m., Sept. 24 on the University’s official Facebook page. Hosting the event will be longtime university collaborator, former journalist and Vice President for ABC13 Community Relations Cynthia Cisneros. The event is available for all to view with or without a Facebook account.

The event also will feature remarks by University leaders, including Dr. Eric Carl Link, Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs and Provost; Faculty Senate President and Professor of Educational Research Dr. Ron Beebe; Staff Council President and Accounting Assistant Bobbi Shaw; Student Government Association President Alan Modrow; and UHD Alumni Association Chair Laolu Davies-Yemitan.

“I look forward to offering some insights on what’s been an unprecedented … challenging … yet successful year for the University of Houston-Downtown,” Tillis said. “In a short time, I have discovered what ‘Gator Grit’ means and I am honored to serve this institution as its Interim President. This upcoming event will serve as a time to reflect on the hard work and determination of all Gators … faculty, staff, students and alumni … and to look ahead toward new horizons for our university.”


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.