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UHD Names Dr. Meritza Tamez as Dean of Students


By Mike Emery

Dr. Meritza Tamez

The University of Houston-Downtown has named Dr. Meritza Tamez as its next Dean of Students.

Tamez has served as Interim Dean since July 2019 and brings a decade of higher education experience to UHD’s Division of Student Affairs. In her permanent role, she will continue to provide strategic direction, vision, and support to the division. Also, she will oversee the University’s many centers that are critical to the support, development and well-being of UHD’s student population, which will include the University’s Main Career Center, Counseling Services, Disability Services, Health Services, Student Activities, Student Conduct, Sports & Fitness, and Veterans Services.

“I am honored to serve as UHD’s next Dean of Students,” Tamez said. “The Division of Student Affairs is committed to supporting student learning and development; and I am privileged to lead and collaborate with such a dedicated team of professionals who work tirelessly to advocate for the continued success of our students.”

Tamez previously served as Assistant Dean of Students and the Director for UHD’s Office of Disability Services. Prior to arriving at UHD, she served Pennsylvania State University in various roles, including Clinical Supervisor for the institution’s CEDAR Clinic, Group Counselor for its Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education, and as an undergraduate advisor for its Department of Rehabilitation Services.

At both UHD and Penn State, she taught courses on counseling, disability studies and race. As a scholar, she has contributed articles to the Journal of Rehabilitation and The Journal of Rehabilitation Administration.

Tamez holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision from Penn State; a Master of Arts in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University; and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Texas A&M University.

As Dean of Students, she will report to UHD Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs and Provost Dr. Eric Carl Link.

“During Dr. Tamez’s time at UHD, she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to its students,” Link said. “She is committed to the success, health, safety, and well-being of our Gators, and strives to create a vibrant and rich campus environment for our students. I am thrilled that Dr. Tamez has agreed to continue in the role of Dean of Students, and I look forward to working with her in the coming years to make Student Affairs at UHD a model for student engagement and success not just in the Houston area, but across the nation.”


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.