UHD President Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz Named Chancellor at UC Merced
By Mike Emery
University of Houston-Downtown President, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz has been named the next Chancellor at the University of California (UC) Merced. The UC Board of Regents approved his appointment during its May 20 meeting
“We are happy for President Muñoz’s new opportunity and greatly appreciate the contributions he made during his impressive tenure at the University of Houston-Downtown,” said University of Houston System Chancellor Dr. Renu Khator. “The university has benefited significantly from his creative leadership and effective administration, which helped accelerate UHD’s growing reputation as an affordable and accessible institution in the center of one of the nation’s most culturally diverse metropolitan areas. Although he will be missed, Dr. Muñoz leaves UHD very well prepared to continue its commitment to providing high quality education to students from a wide variety of backgrounds.”
The University of Houston System soon will begin a national search for Muñoz’s replacement.
During his time at UHD, Muñoz oversaw enrollment growth and increased retention rates at UHD, led the institution through its recovery from major storms (Tropical Storms Harvey and Imelda), and was at the University’s helm during the Here, We Go capital campaign (UHD’s largest fundraising effort to date). Muñoz also helped usher campus growth at UHD, including its newest building, the College of Sciences & Technology Building.
“I am grateful to Chancellor Khator, the UHS Board of Regents, and especially to the students, faculty and staff at UHD,” Muñoz said. “I have been privileged to lead this great institution and work with a talented team to help it grow and further serve the students of this region.”
Prior to arriving at UHD, Muñoz served Texas Tech University as a Senior Vice President and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs at Texas Tech University. He is returning to native state of California, where he began his academic career.
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.