Robert K. (Bob) Glenn has been named the sole finalist to become president of the University of Houston-Victoria. Glenn currently serves as the president of Athens State University in Athens, Alabama.
“We are fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and industrious administrator fill this important position,” said UH System Chancellor Renu Khator. “His impressive track record in higher education will strengthen both the University of Houston-Victoria and our entire UH System. His background in student services, coupled with his invaluable experience already serving as a president, prepare him to provide the leadership required for UHV’s continued development into a destination university.”
Glenn has spent more than three decades in higher education, serving students throughout. Prior to becoming the 36th president of Athens State University in 2008, Glenn served as vice president for student affairs and vice provost for enrollment and academic services at Middle Tennessee State University (1999-2008) and dean of students at Missouri State University (1993-1999).
While at ASU, Glenn led the transition to become a fully independent state university with an autonomous board of trustees. The university had been governed by the state board of education. In addition, he created the university’s first advancement department and implemented more than 50 new degree programs.
“I’m very excited to be joining the University of Houston-Victoria where there are a lot of great opportunities. I was really impressed with the people I met who seemed tremendously committed to the institution and to the community,” said Glenn. “I feel confident that there are great things ahead and I’m eager to take advantage of all the skills and abilities that are already there.”
Pending approval from the UH System Board of Regents, Glenn is expected to succeed Vic Morgan. Last year, Morgan announced he would retire as UHV president in fall 2018. He took the reins as interim president in 2014 and was named president in 2016.
A thorough and exhaustive national search was conducted to fill the UHV presidency, chaired by former UH System Regent Roger Welder and Dona Cornell, vice chancellor of legal affairs and general counsel for the UH System. Aided by an executive search firm, the presidential search committee – which includes representatives from the UHV student body, faculty and staff, as well as the Victoria community – delivered a strong and diverse pool of experienced candidates with Glenn emerging as the sole finalist.
Glenn earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Birmingham-Southern College where he began his career as a residence hall director before climbing the ranks to become the director of student services. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather all attended the school. He received a Master of Science in student personnel work and his doctorate in counselor education from the University of Alabama. Glenn and his wife Laura have been married since 1978 and have three adult children.
Founded in 1973, the University of Houston-Victoria serves more than 4,400 students by offering 70 bachelor’s and master’s degrees and concentrations in the arts and sciences, business administration, education, health professions and human development fields.