President's Message: Update on Deans Search Committees
Dear UHD Community,
As you are aware, our institution is undertaking national searches to identify candidates for two very important leadership roles. Both Dr. Michael Fields, dean of the Marilyn Davies College of Business, and Dr. Chris Birchak, dean of the University College, recently announced their respective retirements.
Search committees for these deans’ positions are now organized. To identify prospective candidates, both committees are working with the firm Greenwood/Asher.
We have assembled a strong base of faculty, staff members, students, alumni and community partners to participate in these searches. I have the utmost confidence in both committees and look forward to receiving feedback on their progress.
See below for a list of members serving on each committee:
Dean, Marilyn Davies College of Business Search Committee
Dr. Akif Uzman, dean, College of Sciences and Technology (Chair)
Dr. David Ryden, associate dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS)
Dr. Marvin Williams, department chair, Marilyn Davies College of Business
Dr. Rahul Verma, associate professor, Marilyn Davies College of Business
Dr. Lucille Pointer, professor, Marilyn Davies College of Business
Dr. Steven Coy, professor, Marilyn Davies College of Business
Dr. Margaret Shipley, professor, Marilyn Davies College of Business
Dr. Kurt Stanberry, professor, Marilyn Davies College of Business
Carmen Cuevas, assistant dean, Marilyn Davies College of Business
Lori Ramirez, alumna and Master of Business Administration student
Jonathan Lack, principal for ROI Ventures
W. David de Roode (’03), Partner and Senior VP, Lockton and Companies
Hannah Hartland McNair (‘07), Community Volunteer
Dean, University College Search Committee
Dr. Leigh Van Horn, interim dean, College of Public Service (Chair)
Dr. William Waller, associate dean, University College
Dr. Ryan Pepper, department chair, College of Sciences and Technology
Dr. Chynette Nealy, professor, Marilyn Davies College of Business
Dr. Tammis Thomas, professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS)
Dr. Rachna Sadana, associate professor, College of Sciences and Technology
Dr. Heather Goltz, associate professor, College of Public Service
Dr. Karen Kaser, program director, University College
Sylvia Medellin, associate director, Academic Advising
Dr. Mari Nicholson-Preuss, director, Honors Program
Reyna Romero, director, CHSS Advising Services
Samuel Santos, dean of students, Student Affairs
Dr. Laura Murillo, community representative and CEO for the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Rick Cruz, community representative and HISD chief of major projects
Adriana Mendoza, student representative
Leonard Nelson, alumnus and learning, development manager at Neighborhood Centers Inc.
I am grateful to have these two well-rounded committees leading these searches. Likewise, I am appreciative of the service Dean Fields and Dean Birchak have provided to UHD. I wish both of them luck in their future endeavors.
Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz