Interim President Olivas and Regent Paula Mendoza Discuss State of UHD

It’s not every day that University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) faculty and staff can listen to a candid conversation on higher education between the institution’s leader and a UH System (UHS) Regent. On Sept. 8, members of the campus community did just that during the 2016 Fall Conversation on the state of the university.

In place of a traditional fall address, UHD Interim President Michael A. Olivas hosted UHS Regent and alumna Paula Mendoza for a public discussion on the university, its recent successes and upcoming goals. The Fall Conversation took place in UHD’s Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium before an audience of faculty, staff and dignitaries. Special guests included Max Castillo, former UHD president; Molly Woods, former UHD provost and professor emeritus; Welcome W. Wilson Sr., former chairman of the UHS Board of Regents, and UHS Student Regent Joshua Freed.

Mendoza opened the discussion by asking Olivas about his impressions of UHD and what surprised him the most upon his arrival.

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