Each month, the Office of the Provost produces this newsletter to recognize the accomplishments of our University community and we are never at a loss for good news! Your hard work has provided many memorable moments for the University, and it is always a pleasure to share these accomplishments with our institution’s stakeholders.
We’ve previously announced Diane Z. Chase as our new provost and Heidi M. Appel as the new dean for the Honors College. These are major hires for our institution and both scholars will play significant roles in advancing our goal to become a top 50 public university.
In this month’s Cougar Milestones you’ll read more about Drs. Chase and Appel as well as other University accolades, awards, and acknowledgements. While UH is off to a solid start in 2023, there’s more to come. We have an important legislative session on the horizon and other institutional priorities to achieve this year. And did I mention that our Cougar basketball team is still ranked among the nation’s best?
With Dr. Chase’s arrival Feb. 1, this will be my final newsletter as your interim provost. With that in mind, I extend my appreciation to President Khator for entrusting me with the responsibility for overseeing the academic portion of the UH enterprise. I am also grateful for the support and patience the UH community of faculty, staff, students and alumni has indulged me this past seven months.
In closing, I take this opportunity to recognize the extraordinary efforts of the Provost’s Office leadership team – Mark Clarke, Joe Curtin, Sabrina Hassumani, Erika Henderson, Sarah Larsen, Teri Longacre, Jeff Morgan, Jay Neal and Michael Pelletier and their amazing and dedicated staff members. Their work is often unseen and undervalued by many in our Cougar nation, but I have observed firsthand how their collective wisdom and actions makes UH the high-quality learning institute that we enjoy today.
Onward with pride,
Robert H. McPherson
UH Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost