Message from the President

President Renu KhatorThe start of the academic year is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times on the university’s calendar. This year we have enjoyed the sight of a new freshman class — many of them newly minted TierOne Scholars — joining returning students in record numbers. With the opening of Cougar Village freshman housing and the newly refurbished Moody Towers dining facility, the university has taken the next bold steps in its transformation into more of a residential campus.

The fall semester also brings with it the anticipation of the biennial Texas Legislature. Economic uncertainties, a projected state revenue shortfall, and the redistricting that follows each national census will be foremost in the minds of our state legislators. It will be our job to keep funding for higher education and Tier One as prominent as possible on their list of priorities.

And the fall semester also brings with it a time for taking stock of how we ended the fiscal year, and the tremendous progress we have made on our journey to attain Tier One national recognition.

In this issue of UH Magazine, we highlight many of the successes that are bringing us closer to our Tier One goal, among them our expanding roster of our distinguished faculty who have earned nationally recognized awards that qualify the university for Tier One status. The list, I think you will agree, is impressive indeed.

I admire each and every member of our faculty and staff for their support and their commitment to Tier One and everything that designation encompasses, from recruiting, retaining and graduating the best and brightest students, to conducting exceptional world-class research and maintaining excellence in teaching.

To our alumni, donors and friends, you have our gratitude for your investment in our Tier One aspirations. You have come through with strong and steady support. The University of Houston posted a 51 percent gain in private support during the last two years — the greatest increase for any Texas university. This is an unequivocal endorsement from the private, corporate and philanthropic sectors that reaffirms our conviction that the University of Houston is destined to be, and will be, the state’s next Tier One university.

Renu Khator
UH System Chancellor and UH President