UH System Chancellor Renu Khator Appoints UH Sugar Land Transition Steering Committee
Moving from aspiration to transformational action, University of Houston System Chancellor Renu Khator has announced the appointment of a Sugar Land Transition Steering Committee that will define pathways for the transition of the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) and the UH Sugar Land campus.
The committee and work groups, which will include high-profile educators, alumni, community and corporate leaders, and elected officials, will work to fulfill three overarching goals the UH System has established for the transition:
- To support UHV’s goal of becoming a destination university
- To build a viable branch campus of UH in Sugar Land
- To explore an organizational arrangement that meets the UH System’s need to serve its extended communities with speed, innovation and flexibility
The transition committee is headed by Dana Rooks, dean of libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair at the University of Houston Libraries, who will serve as executive planning director. The structure includes a steering committee, leadership committee and four work groups representing UH Victoria, chaired by Charles Alcorn, director of corporate and foundation relations at UHV; UH Sugar Land, chaired by Robert McPherson, dean of the College of Education at UH; University of Houston, chaired by Earl Smith, interim chief health officer at UH; and the UH System, chaired by William Staples, president of UH-Clear Lake. Richie Hunter, associate vice chancellor/associate vice president for University marketing and communication, will lead strategic communications.
Appointment of the committee follows recent action by the UH System Board of Regents authorizing UH to expand programs in Sugar Land and relocate a large segment of its College of Technology to the UH Sugar Land campus. The board action came at the recommendation of a UH Sugar Land Task Force report that set in motion plans to make UH the sole UH System institution delivering programs at the Sugar Land Campus.
As UH expands programs at Sugar Land, UH-Victoria and UH-Clear Lake will incrementally cease delivery of their courses at the Sugar Land campus. The existing nursing program that UH-Victoria has offered at UH Sugar Land will be transferred to UH and become part of the newly organized UH Health Science Center.
“The UH System has a unique opportunity to re-evaluate its overall mission of providing affordable education to as many students as possible,” Khator said. “In the process, it hopes to make the Victoria and Sugar Land locations capable of realizing their own vision of becoming the engine of economic and social development for their respective communities.
“The work of the Sugar Land Transition Committee will engage with faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders in Victoria and Sugar Land,” Khator said. “The process of developing the upcoming transition plan is an opportunity to build something that is bold and unique, and that helps us close the achievement gap in Texas.”
Goals of the work groups include:
- Support UHV’s goal of becoming a self-sustaining destination university
- Determine how to separate UHV’s destination operations from its extension operations
UH Sugar Land
- Build a financially viable UH branch campus in Sugar Land
- Transfer UH Victoria nursing program
- Identify and mitigate impact on UH
- Identify and mitigate impact on UH-Clear Lake and UH-Downtown
- Explore an organizational arrangement that meets the UH System’s need to serve its extended communities with speed, innovation and flexibility
Community forums in Victoria and Sugar Land will be announced in the near future. The committee is expected to issue its report in October.
The UH Sugar Land Transition Steering Committee structure is available at http://www.uhsa.uh.edu/sugarlandtransition/news/UHSugarLand-TransitionTeamStructure.pdf.
Work groups are still forming. Comments and interest can be submitted at http://www.uhsa.uh.edu/sugarlandtransition/form/index.php.