EDITOR'S NOTE: A video of the swearing-in ceremony is available.
January 30, 2004
ALUMNI ROSE, GOLDEN READY TO SERVE
AS UH SYSTEM REGENTS
By Francine Parker
It was a homecoming of sorts for two University
of Houston alumni who were sworn in as UH System regents at the
Athletics/Alumni Center Wednesday night in front of more than 200
faculty, staff, students and political, business and community leaders.
With family and friends nearby, Dennis D. Golden,
one of the state’s leading optometrists, and Lynden B. Rose,
a Houston attorney and former Cougar basketball player, pledged
to “roll up” their sleeves and work to make UH one of
the nation’s most prominent urban research universities.
“I’m very excited about the future of
the University of Houston and the role it’s going to play
in the city of Houston,” said Golden, who received his bachelor’s
of science and optometry degrees from UH.
Owner of Golden Eye Associates in Carthage, Texas,
Golden is a member of the Texas Optometric Association (TOA) and
the American Optometric Association. He is a past president of TOA,
which named him optometrist of the year in 2003.
Saying that serving as a UH System regent “is
something I always wanted to do,” Golden expressed gratitude
to Gov. Rick Perry, who appointed him and Rose to the board earlier
this month. The men will serve six-year-terms.
“This truly is a humbling experience,”
Recalling when he first came to Houston with his
twin brother, Dixon, to attend UH in the 1970s, Golden said he was
“totally in awe of the greatness of the campus.” Today,
he is even more impressed with UH.
“There is more spirit here, an openness, a
transparency and a spirit of cooperation,” he said.
Golden’s remarks came after he was sworn in
by J. Davis Armistead, UH alumnus and a former regent who was instrumental
in the growth and development of the College of Optometry. D.D.
Golden, his nephew and UH student majoring in architecture, assisted.
Before leaving the podium, Golden joked that he
has a basketball in his car and that he was ready to play ball with
Rose, who was a co-captain of the Cougar basketball team that reached
the NCAA Final Four in 1982.
Former president of Rose Sports Management Inc.,
Rose currently serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council on
Physical Fitness and the Harris County Sheriff’s Department
Civil Service Commission.
Rose, who earned both his graduate and law degrees
at UH, was sworn in by his older brother, Cecil, who also is a UH
“What a golden day for a rose to blossom,”
Rose said. “I am honored and humbled. This is a great opportunity,
and it is something special for me and my family.”
President of L.M. Rose Consulting and a native of
the Bahamas, Rose thanked his friends and his wife, Marilyn, his
brother and three sisters, two of whom who flew in from the Bahamas
to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
“My brother is the Christopher Columbus of
the Bahamas. That’s why we came to Houston,” he said,
adding that he and his three sisters followed his brother to the
city. His wife, also a Bahamas native, graduated from the university.
Rose continued, saying that his religious beliefs
will help guide him as a regent.
He then added, “the charge I make tonight
is that if I’m slow or don’t understand, please be patient.
If I say the wrong words, and I’m not a team player, put me
on the bench and give me another chance,” he said. “But,
if I fail to uphold the integrity of the board, you have no choice
but to discharge me.”