University of Houston-Victoria


President's Cabinet

9:30 A.M., December 14, 2016
President’s Conference Room
Meeting Minutes

Members Present:  Akins, Beran,Cobler, Cockrum, Dahlstrom, Di Leo, Faulk, Ferguson, Hatmaker, Higgins, Huerta, Lambert, Morgan, Niroomand, Pisors, Smith, Thomas and Walyuchow

Absent: Litton and Rice

Representative:  Rachael Martinez, School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development

I.  Organization Business

A. President’s Updates—Dr. Vic Morgan

Dr. Morgan

  • said UHV had two items on the Board of Regents’ December 1 agenda
    • one item was tabled, the narrowing of Ben Wilson Street due to questions brought up by lawyers that had to be addressed, feels it will eventually get done, and
    • one item went well, the naming of the residence hall for Dr. Don Smith was approved;
  • said he felt that commencement went well
    • expressed his compliments to Mr. Chris Pemberton, our alumni speaker, for a job well done,
    • thanked Dr. Don Smith for being the commencement speaker, and
    • requested for everyone to be thinking on a commencement speaker for spring.
  • presented a PowerPoint presentation titled “Who are UHV Students”
    • the presentation broke down the university’s student ratio by class, ethnicity, gender, graduates/undergraduates, counties and schools,
    • UHV is a Hispanic Serving Institution with ¼ of our graduates being Hispanic, and
    • the counties we serve are uniformly divided (Fort Bend, Harris, Victoria, Bexar, Wharton, Travis, Calhoun, Matagorda, DeWitt, Brazoria, Jackson and other) and said he doesn’t look for this change over the next few years.

B.  Minutes

Dr. Dahlstrom moved and Dr. Higgins seconded to approve the October 26, 2016 minutes as distributed.  Motion carried unanimously.

II. Business

A.  Academic Affairs Updates—Dr. David Cockrum

Dr. Cockrum

  • presented a PowerPoint presentation titled “ Academic Report”
    • New Programs
      • New Degree Status
        • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
      • New Concentrations
        • ESL and TESOL (M.Ed. in C&I)
        • Dyslexia (M.Ed. in Literacy – proposed)
        • Exercise Sports Science (B.S. in kinesiology)
        • Pre-Allied Health (B.S. in Kinesiology)
        • Sports Management (B.S. in Kinesiology)
      • UHV Institutional Rankings – 2016
        • were broken down by university rankings, and schools rankings
        • Awards Ranking Summary
          • Total-26
          • Online Programs Awards-22
          • Quality-23
          • Affordability-14
          • Not Online or Affordability-1
      • Accreditations
        • UHV-Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
        • School of Arts & Sciences-National Association of School Psychologists (in progress)
        • School of Business Administration-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
        • School of Education, Health Professions and Human Development-Master of Education in clinical mental health counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs
      • UHV Profile

Fall 2010 - 218 new freshmen students

Fall 2016 – 279 FTIC freshmen students

Five year graduation rate 25% x 218 = 55 expected bachelor’s graduates

49.9% or 134 are Hispanic

Actual bachelor’s graduates 5 years later (Fall 2015 & Spring 2016) = 649

80.5% of the 134 (or 108) are first generation (neither parent attended college)

B.   Facilities & Finance Updates 

Mr. Beran

  • presented three PowerPoint presentations
    • Town Plaza Mall
      • showed an artist rendition of the building
      • asking purchase price was $2.5M, purchased for $1.9M, price per sq. ft. $9
      • discussed the current and long-term space needs
    • Student Center/Learning Commons
      • showed an artist rendition of the building
      • timeline approvals
        • December 2014-Student Government proposes a fee to administration
        • February 3-5, 2015-Student body voted
        • February 19, 2015-BOR approval
        • Fall 2015-Legislative and governor’s approval
        • instead of developing in two phases as originally planned, the building will be totally completed in one phase
      • UHV Capital Projects Road to 6,000 Students
        • Projects Completed Since Fall 2009

Jaguar Hall Purchase & Renovation


Jaguar Court Purchase & Renovation


Jaguar Suites


Jaguar Hall Dining Expansion


Facility Services Building Purchase & Renovation


University North Building


Land Acquisitions




        • Current Projects

Student Center Learning Commons


Sophomore Student Housing


STEM Building land Acquisitions & Project


Town Plaza Mall Purchase & Renovation


Ben Wilson Street




        • Future Projects

Town Plaza Mall Phase 2


Student Housing


Ben Wilson Dining Hall


Academic Facility


Student Housing


Student Recreation Facility


Athletic Facility




        • Total to get to 6,000 Student On-Campus

Projects completed since Fall 2009


Current Projects


Future Projects




C.  Student Affairs Updates—Dr. Jay Lambert

Dr. Lambert

  • presented a PowerPoint presentation titled “Student Life and Recruiting Update”—he said students come to college to learn and have fun
    • Fall 2016
      • 4,143 total students
      • 3,369 (81%) went to another university or community college before coming to UHV
      • Houston Community Colleges-658
      • Victoria College-585
      • Wharton County Community-433
      • UH System-257
    • Where are They From
      • 887-different high schools
      • 334-different cities
      • 137-different counties
      • 29-different states
      • 334-different cities
      • 137-different counties
      • 29-different states
    • discussed the various activities, trips, and skills advancement conferences made available to UHV students, and
    • showed a picture of the proposed UHV ring that will be made available to students. 

D.  University Advancement—Jesse Pisors

Mr. Pisors

  • presented a PowerPoint presentation that provided summary fundraising information from the 2016 fiscal year. Overall, the big advancement story of FY16 was the dramatic increase in the number of donors supporting UHV.
  • 2016 Fiscal Year
    • Fundraising Total:  4% decrease from FY15 (Without a nursing program in FY16, it was hard to match FY15’s giving total, of which nearly ¾ was directed to UHV’s former School of Nursing. Considering the fact that we did not have a nursing program in FY16, a year-to-year drop of only 4% is actually quite good.)
    • Alumni Donors:  34% increase over FY15
    • Alumni Giving:  24% increase over FY15 and the greatest number of alumni donors ever in one year
    • Non-Alumni Individual Donors 90% increase of FY15
    • Foundation Donors:  19% increase over FY15
    • Corporation/Institutional Donors:  41% increase over FY15
    • UHV Employee Donors:  6% increase over FY15
    • UHV Employee Giving:  46% increase over FY15
    • Number of Gifts & Pledges:  34% increase over FY15
    • Total Donor Count:  61% increase over FY15 and the greatest number of donors ever in one year
    • Special Fundraising Highlights
      • A Night for the Jaguars Fundraising Gala
        • 330 people in attendance
        • 24 silent and 12 live auction items, all of which sold
        • $8,740 in auction proceeds
        • 21 sponsors ($30,050 total from cash and in-kind sponsors)
        • $3,195 in individual ticket sales and cash donations
        • Total revenue-$42,000
        • Total expenses-$26,000
        • Total net revenue-$16,000
        • Money raised to supplement scholarships for 2017-18 recruiting
    • UHV Fundraising Distinctives
      • Non-alumni individuals out-give alumni 3:1
      • 82% of the total given in FY16 came from foundations, corporations and other organizations (non-individuals)
    • Nearly $25,000 raised in one year for the PRAB (President’s Regional Advisory Board) Endowed Scholarship.

One of the advancement highlights for FY16 was a $500,000 gift from the M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation to fund the purchase and set-up of an NMR Spectrometer. This was the largest, one-time cash gift in UHV history.

E.  Other Items

Mr. Walyuchow said the Night for the Jaguar event netted $16,000 this year for scholarships.  He said Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday in June and UHV’s Baseball Coach Terry Puhl will be recognized as one of the 150 people from the province of Saskatchewan who have made a difference in that province.  This feature will run in the Regina Leader-Post newspaper.  Athletics was asked to provide the paper with a current picture of Terry Puhl which will bring exposure to UHV. 

Dr. Thomas said our undergraduate spring pool is up by 6.6%, and the fall undergraduates accepted to date up 32.5%.  The next Jaguar Day is scheduled for January 28, 2017, with 180 students and parents, plus 20 students coming by bus from a Houston area high school and 40 coming by bus from the Upward Bound program at LSC.  CRM is scheduled to go-live with RFI form and inquiry  Communication plans on December 21, 2016. 

Dean Di Leo reported graduate enrollment in the School of Arts & Sciences is up 8% in headcount with semester credit hours up from 20%.  They are in the process of getting the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer set up.  He said Arts & Sciences will have its first undergraduate research conference on April 14, 2017.   

Dean Niroomand said the School of Business Administration held their MBA and BBA Case Conference on December 3 at the UHV Katy Campus.  For the first time in six years, the school did not have the luncheon or keynote speaker due to space limitation. The winners of both competitions were recognized at the fall commencement.  According to the latest ranking by the Houston Business Journal, UHV has the third largest MBA program in the Houston market.  Dean Niroomand said a new ranking was out for Best Affordable Schools and UHV ranked 18th.  He recognized the very good suggestions by the new executive director at Katy for effective marketing in the Katy area.

In Dean Litton’s absence, Dr. Martinez said the School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development are up in the graduate numbers.  She reported the school hosted several different conferences and seminars over the fall semester and there will be additional events in the spring semester.  The school’s faculty in Literacy will be opening a dyslexia center to begin interventions for students in the spring.  For students that completed their student teaching, the school hosted pinning ceremonies in Victoria and Katy in their honor. 


Meeting was adjourned at 11:00

Submitted by:  Kathy Walton