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April 10, 2007

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UH Alums Feted at CLASS, C.T. Bauer College of Business Ceremonies May 11

HOUSTON, April 10, 2007 – The University of Houston will present honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to two of its outstanding alumni. Broadcast journalist Ray Miller and Houston businessman and former UH System Board of Regents chairman Leonard Rauch will be presented these honorary degrees during separate commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 11.

Miller will receive his honorary degree during the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences commencement at
9 a.m., and Rauch will be honored during the C.T. Bauer College of Business graduate commencement at 7 p.m.

“I have known both of these gentlemen for more than 50 years. I have the highest respect for both of these individuals and heartily support presenting them with these honors,” said UHS Regent Welcome Wilson Sr.

Many audiences are familiar with Miller from his work as newscaster for KPRC radio and KPRC Channel 2, where he also was news director. Miller earned acclaim from his television programs “The Eyes of Texas” and “Ray Miller’s Texas.” He is working on a new series titled “Texas, Our Texas.” His affection for the Lone Star State is also reflected in his books on Houston, Galveston, Texas forts and parks and “Eyes of Texas” travel guides.

Rauch served on the UHS Board of Regents for three consecutive terms, from 1967 – 1987, the longest tenure in the institution’s history. He twice served as the board’s chairman and helped oversee the expansion of UH facilities. He also was present during the creation of UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown and UH-Victoria. In 1995, Rauch was appointed chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), a position he held for four years, followed by two years as a board member. During his THECB tenure, Rauch helped develop the document “Closing the Gaps,” a plan to help Texas remain economically competitive in the 21st century. An astute banking professional, Rauch served as the CEO of Compass Bank Greenspoint; the founder, chairman of the board and CEO of Interstate Bank North; and the founder and chairman of the board of Greenspoint Bank.

Previous UH honorary degrees have been presented to George H.W. Bush, Francois Mitterrand, Carlos Menem, Barron Hilton, Philip Johnson, Edward Albee, William P. Hobby Jr., Jack Valenti, Jan De Hartog, Loretta Devine and Margaret Spellings.

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