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University of Houston - Victoria

President's Office


9:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Present: Beran, Di Leo, Ferguson, Hudson, Jaeckle, Natividad, Norgard, Prescott, Rice, L. Smith, Tart

Absent: Dahlstrom, LaBrecque, Wang

OUA Representative: Amy Mundy

Guest: Genaro Cortez, Ash Walyuchow, Trudy Wortham

  1. Organizational Business
  2. Ms. Smith moved and Ms. Norgard seconded to approve the minutes of April 27, 2009, as presented.

    Motion Carried Unanimously

  3. Business
  4. Admission Requirements for Downward Expansion – Chari Norgard

    Ms. Norgard invited Trudy Wortham, Registrar, and Ash Walyuchow, Athletic Director, to participate in the discussion concerning downward expansion admission requirements. Mr. Walyuchow announced that NAIA has their own standards that must be met for freshmen athletes. An Admission Requirements for Public Universities-Domestic Students document and International Students document were distributed that covered the various requirements for Texas public 4-year institutions and the NAIA requirements. Topics of discussion: open admissions, conditional admissions, standardized test scores, marketing, transient students, international students and standards for athletes. Ms. Norgard will draft simple, clear admissions standards and distribute those to Academic Council for their review. Dr. Dan Jaeckle will help distribute those to the Undergraduate Affairs Committee for their review. Results of that review will come back to Cabinet.

    Annual Business Contingency Plan Review – Genaro Cortez

    Mr. Cortez, Safety & Risk Manager, updated cabinet members on UHV’s Business Continuity Plan for FY 2010. Topics of discussion: a National Incident Management System (NIMS) section was added, the Sugar Land and Cinco Ranch information was retained and the International Programs and Special Events section was eliminated. The Emergency Management Plan was adopted as the master plan.

    Dean Natividad moved and Dr. Jaeckle seconded.
    Motion Carried Unanimously

    Mr. Cortez handed out a copy of UHV’s Antiviral Allocation, Distribution and Storage Plan. Currently UHV has 325 Tamaflu in storage; Mr. Cortez recommended purchasing an additional 100 units. Dr. Hudson asked if cabinet members had an opportunity to review the document and recommended Mr. Cortez come back to cabinet in 2 weeks for approval. Mr. Cortez announced a subscription to  has been purchased to assist with weather issues and decisions.

  5. Roundtable Discussion
  6. Dean Tart reported the School of Nursing at the Sugar Land campus has moved into their new lab and will start classes and labs on June 1.

    Ms. Smith said Central campus has started using the electronic monthly timesheet and component campuses will begin on July 1. Thomas Doyle provided information for an article that was published on UHV's fitness program in the national journal, The Higher Education Workplace. The journal is published by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

    Mr. Ferguson stated the Information Technology (IT) department is diligently working on installing and training their staff on the new "Open Text" Content Management software system that will allow trained individuals to manage their own web site content. He also reported the Web Project Manager is leaving and they have begun advertising for the position.

    Dean Natividad reported everything in the School of Education and Human Development is going well. On June 2 a candidate for the Adult and Higher Education Leadership program will be on campus. A new dean for the school has been selected, Dr. Lawrence Rossow. Summer school is on target, looks good and faculty are in place. She reported there is new interest in the school’s reading program. The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) site visit will be sometime early fall.

    Dr. Jaeckle reported the new Vice Chancellor, John Antel, will be at the University of Houston System Sugar Land (UHSSL) campus next Thursday to discuss enrollment management with UHV faculty. Mr. Richard Phillips and Victoria deans will be invited to attend. Dr. Jaeckle announced he had met with Provost LaBrecque and discussed a curricular change process. A new Curriculum Committee has been proposed to replace the Undergraduate Affairs and Graduate Studies Committees.

    Ms. Mundy announced fundraising goals are on track and current pending grant requests are at $200,000. She requested cabinet members provide her with a list of scholarship needs. Currently there are 156 UHV Alumni members. There were 75-80 alumni that signed up at the 2009 Spring Commencement.

    Ms. Prescott briefly discussed the results of the Staff Survey, noting the university-wide monthly birthday parties question results were 44 to discontinue and 42 to continue. It was suggested we continue the university-wide monthly birthday parties for the remainder of the fiscal year and readdress the issue next year. Ms. Prescott reiterated that Staff Council will continue to support and encourage Jaguar Fridays. The Summer Enrollment period for employees to make changes to their insurance plan runs from July 6 through July 31.

    Mr. Beran reported we had made summer budget if there are not a lot of drops. He continues to work on the downward expansion student housing issue along with the Economic Development building and with Victoria County officials on long-range campus needs. Hopefully within the next few weeks there will be a meeting with the System vice chancellor to review our findings. Mr. Beran apprised cabinet members that due to House Bill 1 UHV will continue to receive a small institution supplement of $750,000 a year. The Special Item request for Nursing was again approved at $550,000 for the next 2 years and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) received a slight increase in their funding. The state is funding UHV $1.5 million more a year due in part to the increase in enrollment. In closing, Mr. Beran announced that Goliad Independent School Board was named Outstanding School Board of the Year in Texas for 2009 by the Texas Rural Educators Association. Note: Mr. Beran serves as the President of that Board.

    Dean Di Leo announced the School of Arts and Sciences (SoAS) summer enrollment is up by 10% over last year at this time. One-third of the student enrollment is in the Psychology program. To showcase the SoAS faculty, the school is hosting 3 summer camps—Creative Writing, Gyrlz Rule and Ecology Camp Green Victoria. Dean Di Leo restated, as chair of the Search Committee for the Education Dean, the hiring of the new dean, Dr. Lawrence Rossow. He also stated community people appreciated being involved in the search process. SoAS has completed 2 searches with the hiring of Esperanza Camargo in Criminal Justice and Dmitri Sobolev in Biology. Dean Di Leo announced he has been working with his faculty on the downward expansion core curriculum and hopes to have this ready by mid July. He is also working with The Victoria Advocate on the Endowed Professorship. By July 30 we should have approval for the MS in Publishing program. Dean Di Leo has been working with the John Hopkins University Press to get American Book Review (ABR) online and starting January 1, 2010 it will be distributed online.

    Dr. Hudson reported for Dean Wang for the School of Business Administration (SoBA) since he was in Taiwan with a student group. SoBA is ready for the summer classes. The school is on track for all preliminary work and feedback has been received from the Association to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). SoBA’s new dean, Dr. Farhang Niroomand, will be here next week.

    Dr. Rice reported over 3,000 people attended UHV’s Spring Commencement. Commencement speaker, Harris County Judge Edward Emmett and his wife Gwen complimented the commencement service. Topics of discussion for the June 2 President’s Regional Advisory Board (PRAB) will be implementation of downward expansion, athletics update and the new faculty spot light speaker will be Dr. Anita Shelton-Quinn.

    Dr. Hudson closed by announcing he will be attending a Presidents’ Retreat with the Pappas Consultants to discuss where we see ourselves in the next 5 years. He will also be attending the upcoming Board of Regents (BOR) Retreat where he hopes to have more information on the System-wide management plan.

    Meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.
    Submitted by: Kathy Walton