Staff Council Member Elections - University of Houston
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The University of Houston Staff Council is an advisory body to the President of the University and the University administration. Staff Council consists of elected staff members from each division who represent the entire staff body. 




2024 Staff Council Elections will run from Monday, April 22 at 6:00 a.m. to Friday, May 17 at 5:00 p.m. 
Cast your vote using the Access UH Election icon under University Services. Your choice matters!

Staff Council Elections are overseen by the Membership and Elections Committee in accordance with the Election Code (revised March 2021)

2024 Staff Council Elections

  • Staff Council Member Responsibilities

    Staff Council members are expected to:

    • Attend monthly meetings of the Council on the first Thursday of each month.
    • Commit five to seven hours per month to Council business and activities.
    • Actively participate on two or more Staff Council committees or subcommittees.
    • Disseminate information from Staff Council meetings to the staff within their specific area.
    • Interact with staff to ensure that issues, concerns, or ideas are brought forth to the appropriate administrator for action.
    • Participate in staff and campus events.
  • Open Positions by Division

    Below is the apportionment by division. Divisions of Energy & Innovation, Tilman J. Fertitta College of Medicine, and University Marketing & Communications have no openings for this year's election.

    Division Total for
    At-Large 6 2
    Academic Affairs 18 7
    Administration & Finance 11 4
    Chancellor/President 2 1
    Energy & Innovation 1 0
    Research & Int. Prop. Mgt. 1 1
    Student Affairs 3 1
    Tilman J. Fertitta College of Medicine  1 0
    University Advancement 1 1
    University Marketing and Communications 1 0
  • Criteria

    The nominee must be a benefits-eligible (50% FTE or greater) staff member employed at UH for no less than one year (start date of 7/1/2023 or earlier).


    Nominate yourself or a colleague by Friday, April 5, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

    Submit the Staff Council Membership Elections Nomination Form available through Office 365. Cougarnet credentials are required to log in.

  • Voting

    The 2024 Staff Council Elections will take place from Monday, April 22 at 6:00 a.m. to Friday, May 17 at 5:00 p.m.

    In order to vote during elections, voters:

    • Must be benefits-eligible (50% FTE or greater) staff members.
    • Must know their CougarNet account username and password.
    • May cast their vote for no more than the number of open positions available for their division and for one At-Large candidate.
    • May write-in one candidate for their division (if it has open positions) and one At-Large candidate.
    • May cast their vote from any device with internet access or at any of the additional polling sites.
    • May only vote once. The online voting site will reject any voter’s attempt to go through the voting system more than once.
  • Questions

    Staff Council Elections are overseen by the Membership and Elections Committee in accordance with the Election Code

    If you have questions, please contact


  • 2023 Election Results

  • 2023 Detailed Results

    The names in bold are the winners of the 2023 Staff Council Elections.

    For more information concerning the results, please contact Membership and Elections Committee Co-Chairs at

    At-Large (1 open position)

    Candidate % Vote
    Janelle Brown 58.5%
    Trever LeAnn Thomas 40.2%
    Write-in candidates 1.3%

    Academic Affairs (6 open positions)

    Candidate % Vote
    Any'A Creeks 15.8%
    Brisa Gossett 17.9%
    Scott Mason 16.9%
    Fariba Pouraryan 19.2%
    Marion Russell Dickson - withdrew 14.8%
    Kellie Sager 14.6%
    Write-in candidates 0.8%
    Trever LeAnn Thomas Runner Up


    Administration & Finance (5 open positions)

    Candidate % Vote
    DaNesha Allen 34.1%
    Debbie Samiels 34.1%
    Cesar Villagran 28.2%
    Write-in candidates 3.5%

    Energy & Innovation (1 open position)

    Candidate % Vote
    Diedra Perry 57.1%
    Write-in candidates 42.9%

    Office of the President (1 open position)

    Candidate % Vote
    Nam H. Nguyen 66.7%
    Write-in candidates 33.3%

    University Marketing, Communications and Media Relations (1 open positions)

    Candidate % Vote
    Enrique Garza 100.0%
    Write-in candidates 0.0%


    There were no open positions in the following Divisions for the 2023 Staff Council Elections:

    • Research & Int. Prop. Mgt.
    • Student Affairs
    • Tilman J. Fertitta College of Medicine
    • University Advancement


    View the Voters' Guide for information on candidates by division.