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DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE

Jim McShan Portrait

Jim McShan

Senior Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice President

Welcome to the Division of Administration and Finance at the University of Houston, comprised of more than 1,100 employees within eight business units reporting to the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance.

As an integral foundation with a Commitment to Service Excellence, the Mission of the Division of Administrative and Finance is to provide a platform for nationally competitive and internationally recognized opportunities of learning, discovery and engagement for a diverse student population in a real-world setting by leading, supporting and enabling Strategic Goals of institutional effectiveness for the University of Houston and the University of Houston System.

Highlights

  • Farmers market sign

    UH Farmers Market

    The UH Farmers Market launched in 2017 and has been a success, allowing students, faculty and staff to shop for locally sourced and produced products.
  • Audience at the Cullen Performance Hall

    Cullen Performance Hall

    The historic venue in the heart of campus accommodates numerous shows and concerts originally set for other venues but were displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
  • Security Vehicle

    Parking & Transportation

    License Plate Reader technology brings a more efficient approach to permit enforcement on campus in effort to improve parking space availability for permit holders.

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE AT A GLANCE

  • 77trees planted last year
  • 1 MILLION# of meals per year in the 2 dining commons
  • <700UH System Collection Artworks
  • $1.5 BILLIONinvested in facilities
  • 4,000# of COAST participants

Departments

A&F News Releases

August 2019

UH PARTICIPATING IN HOMELAND SECURITY PROGRAM posted on 8/02/19
The Bomb-making Materials Awareness Program aims at reducing and mitigating the making of improvised or homemade explosive devices within the United States.

July 2019

TIPS TO STAY SAFE DURING THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER posted on 7/26/19
The University of Houston Office of Emergency Management is sharing resources and information so the UH community is prepared to handle the extreme temperatures that have the potential to be extremely hazardous.

UHPD’S CLERY COMPLIANCE TEAM RECEIVES NACCOP AWARD posted on 7/24/19
This free training consists of a short classroom instruction period and then a hands-on portion where class members get to practice putting out a small fire with a fire extinguisher. Class size can be as small as five people and up to 20 people.

FIRE EXTINGUISHER TRAINING AVAILABLE TO UH COMMUNITY posted on 7/22/19
The award recognizes a Clery Act compliance program that has significantly improved within the last three to five years.

UH REPRESENTED AT EXXONMOBIL LABORATORY SAFETY WORKSHOP posted on 7/15/19
Representatives from the Chemical Safety unit of Environmental Health and Life Safety attended the important and innovative program, which is now in its sixth year. 

June 2019

RIDE-OUT TEAM FUNCTIONAL EXERCISE TESTS EMERGENCY PLANS posted on 6/28/19
The annual event, which is designed and led by the Office of Emergency Management, focused this year on a Category 4 hurricane scenario and ride-out team procedures.

May 2019

TIME TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANE SEASON posted on 5/28/19
The University of Houston Office of Emergency Management offers tips to help the UH community be ready in case a major storm strikes the area this summer.

GRAVEL LOTS AT UH TECHNOLOGY BRIDGE CLOSING FOR SUMMER posted on 5/20/19
Students, faculty and staff who work or visit the Technology Bridge during that time can park in any of the ungated student or faculty/staff surface lots with any valid UH parking permit, no matter the day or time.

SAFETY MANAGER DISCUSSES AIR QUALITY WITH UH-DOWNTOWN STUDENTS posted on 5/03/19
Emmett Sullivan with UH Environmental Health and Life Safety sat down with the students last month and had a healthy discussion about Houston’s air quality and what individuals can do to make a difference.

April 2019

EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PREPAREDNESS EVENT BRINGS TOGETHER STAFF, CAMPUS SAFETY LEADERS posted on 4/29/19
UHPD, Office of Emergency Management, Fire and Life Safety, CAPS and Risk Management representatives provided answers to employee questions and offered vital information on a wide range of safety topics that help support the co-producer mindset approach to campus safety at UH.

NEW STAFF DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM LAUNCHING THIS SUMMER posted on 4/26/19
Catalyst is a learning and development program that is designed to provide opportunities for staff to enhance their skills in their current roles and for future opportunities at UH.

PROPEL PROGRAM TRAINING TALENTED LEADERS posted on 4/26/19
The first class at the University of Houston completed year one of the program, whose goal is to ensure UH has stellar talent in critical positions and high potential employees identified as successors.

RECRUITING TEAM SEEKS TO ATTRACT TOP TALENT posted on 4/26/19
UH recruiters can be found doing many different things to bring the best and brightest to the University, including speaking engagements and job fairs out in the community.

ASSOCIATE VICE CHANCELLOR/VICE PRESIDENT FOR HUMAN RESOURCES NAMED posted on 4/24/19
Gaston Reinoso has been appointed to the position and will take over as the chief human resources officer for the UH System in July.

UH'S LISA SHUMATE OFFERS ADVICE FOR A HAPPY HEART IN NEW BOOK posted on 4/22/19
The book, “Always and Never, 20 Truths for a Happy Heart,” is a “mentor in print” that aims to provide encouragement, inspiration and optimism to any age group, but it is particularly for young people who are entering into adult life and business. Lisa Shumate, Houston Public Media, UH alumna and the book’s author, signed copies of the newly published book while greeting book enthusiasts inside the University of Houston Bookstore.

SPRING CERT CLASS GRADUATES posted on 4/22/19
The group of approximately 20 students, staff and other residents from the Houston area spent eight weeks learning life-saving skills that can be used following a disaster.

HUMAN RESOURCES TO HOST "FINANCIAL WELLNESS" SESSIONS posted on 4/18/19
UH Human Resources will host two Financial Wellness presentations to help employees get familiarize with UH System’s interactive retirement savings portal, “Retirement @ Work.” Attendees will have an opportunity to hear and interact with each of the UH retirement plan providers to learn more about the services offered.

OTU INYANG ELECTED TO HEALTH PHYSICS SOCIETY’S TEXAS CHAPTER COUNCIL posted on 4/12/19
UH’s radiation and laser safety officer has been an active member of the group at both the state and national level since 2006. He will serve a three-year term.

SPRING OF LATINO ART: PAUHS PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL LATINO ART CONFERENCE posted on 4/11/19
Public Art of the University of Houston System participated at the sixth annual Latino Art Now! Conference with a special tour highlighting a handful of artists with Latino or Latin American connections, the launching of its temporary public art program and the specially commissioned Houston Mobius from a New York-based Argentinean artist.

APRIL PUBLIC ART TOUR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON posted on 4/11/19
Free, open to the public and typically on the first Wednesday of every month, Public Art of the University of Houston System hosts a free Public Art Tour of its existing permanent collection of nearly 700 art pieces throughout all of UHS’ campuses. This month, in conjunction with the concurrent Latino Art Now! Conference, the tour highlighted a handful of artists with Latino or Latin American connections.

AUXILIARY SERVICES: SGA FACILITATOR AWARD FOR THE 55TH ADMINISTRATION posted on 4/8/19
Before the 55th Administration of the Student Government Association came to a conclusion, the student organization awarded top University departments for outstanding work done for the UH student body—among them, was Administration and Finance’s Auxiliary Services.

UH DINING LAUNCHES ONE MILLION ACTS OF GOOD CAMPAIGN posted on 4/5/19
Volunteers recently helped pack 200 boxes with healthy food items at Cougar Woods Dining Commons that were donated to Second Servings of Houston to support its food insecurity programs.

COUGAR WALKING PATHS MAKE EXERCISING EASIER FOR UH COMMUNITY posted on 4/3/19
The POWER UP Employee Wellness program has launched a new series of Cougar Walking Paths on campus to support a healthier lifestyle for all UH faculty and staff.

STRESS LESS SEMINAR OFFERED TO FACULTY AND STAFF posted on 4/1/19
The April 18 class aims to help attendees develop useful strategies for addressing and managing the stress in their day-to-day lives.

March 2019

ALABAMA VISIT GIVES A&F GROUP CHANCE TO NETWORK, EXPLORE NEW IDEAS posted on 3/26/19
Leaders from within the Division of Administration and Finance made a networking trip to the University of Alabama to learn advancements and best-industry practices that can be applied at UH.

NEW HEALTHIER VENDING OPTIONS NOW AT UH posted on 3/22/19
Snack machines on campus now will contain Canteen’s Choice Plus product line of “better for you” items, with special labels identifying the healthier items.

AS SEVERE WEATHER SEASON APPROACHES, UH COMMUNITY SHOULD BE PREPARED posted on 3/15/19
The University of Houston Office of Emergency Management, which recently hosted a SkyWarn Storm Spotter Training class, offers quick tips to follow to stay safe in bad weather.

BLOOD PRESSURE KIOSK INSTALLED AT UH posted on 3/13/19
University of Houston employees, faculty and students, as well as the general public, are able to use the state-of-the-art machine, which was placed in the Health 2 Building as part of a partnership with the American Heart Association.

UH TO CELEBRATE UPCOMING SIXTH ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY FEST posted on 3/5/19
Now in its sixth year, UH’s Office of Sustainability will host its annual Sustainability Fest, aiming to inform UH and community participants on sustainable practices in a fun and engaging way.

ANNUAL ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DRIVE CONTINUES AT UH posted on 3/4/19
UH’s Office of Sustainability continues fifth year of reusing, reducing and recycling old and unused electronics at the University of Houston. The drive will take place on March 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

UH AUXILIARY SERVICES HOSTING NATIONAL FOOD SERVICES CONFERENCE posted on 3/4/19
The University’s Auxiliary Services has been selected to host next year’s southern region Food Services national conference. The conference will help UH gain and provide industry insights, programs and helpful resources.

PARKING LAUNCHES ONLINE APPOINTMENT SYSTEM posted on 3/1/19
Students, faculty and staff can now go to the PTS website to book an appointment that will allow them to go straight to the Parking Express Services counter for immediate assistance.

February 2019

COOGS HELP COOGS BATTLE FOOD INSECURITY WITH DONATED MEAL PASSES posted on 2/26/19
This semester, students with a 24/7 unlimited meal plan were given the opportunity by Auxiliary Services to donate some of their unused guest day passes to students in need. In all, more than 130 students donated a total of 236 passes.

UH RECEIVES TREE CAMPUS USA DESIGNATION FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR posted on 2/26/19
Universities and colleges across the country can apply for the recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation, which honors schools for being active stewards of the natural landscape of their campuses.

BIANCA DEL RIO’S ‘IT’S JESTER JOKE’ COMING TO UH posted on 2/25/19
The drag queen comedy queen and “Rupaul’s Drag Race” champion is bringing her comedy tour to Cullen Performance Hall on Nov. 8.

PRINTING/DELIVERY TEAM EVOLVES WITH REBRANDING, ADDED SERVICES AND PRICE-MATCHING POLICY posted on 2/19/19
The department that has provided printing services at UH for nearly 70 years has undergone a transformation as it repositions itself to better serve the campus community and beyond in the coming years and decades.

UH CERT TEAM COMPETES IN ITS FIRST RODEO posted on 2/18/19
The University of Houston group scored well in the Feb. 9 event, which allowed them to practice different lifesaving skills in a series of challenging drills.

GINGER WALKER PRESENTS AT STATE OFFICE OF RISK MANAGEMENT’S CONTINUITY COUNCIL posted on 2/08/19
The emergency management specialist discussed starting a Continuity of Operations Planning Program from scratch without any expense.

January 2019

EXAMINING THE POWER OF ART IN RESISTING INEQUALITY IN VENEZUELA posted on 1/24/19
Maria C. Gaztambide, director and chief curator of the Public Art of the University of Houston System, details the historical and social contexts that shaped radicalized artists and intellectuals in 1960s Venezuela in a newly published book.

UH POLICE CHIEF TO LEAD PANEL DISCUSSION AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE posted on 1/18/19
Ceaser Moore was chosen to lead a group of police chiefs from five other colleges and universities in a talk about campus safety matters at the National Campus Safety Summit in February.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR MEAL PLAN, TEXTBOOK SCHOLARSHIPS posted on 1/17/19
University of Houston students have until Feb. 15 to apply for the scholarships, which are once again being offered by UH Dining and Barnes & Noble.

SKYWARN STORM SPOTTER TRAINING TO BE HELD ON CAMPUS posted on 1/14/19
UH staff, students and faculty can sign up for the March 5 class and learn how to become a trained volunteer to monitor severe weather and relay reports to the National Weather Service. 

December 2018

'BEST PRACTICE' REVIEW LEADS TO FUTURE ENHANCEMENTS IN PURCHASING PROCESSES posted on 12/18/18
As part of a commitment to service excellence and streamlined processes and procedures, the UH Purchasing Department is taking initial steps toward long-range strategic enhancements following a six-month comprehensive review and assessment by a third-party consultant.

ADAM JENNINGS PROMOTED TO SENIOR SAFETY SPECIALIST posted on 12/17/18
The former naval officer will focus on developing and implementing programs and policies relating to chemical safety and training.

LEARN TO BE BETTER PREPARED WHEN TRAVELING INTERNATIONALLY posted on 12/03/18
The University of Houston Risk Management department will be hosting an hour-long travel awareness webinar on Dec. 12 for UH staff, departments and groups. Register now.

UH FIRE MARSHAL INVITED TO SPEAK ABOUT HARVEY AT STATE CONFERENCE posted on 12/03/18
Chris McDonald discussed the storm’s impact with EHLS Director Joe Tremont at the Texas Fire Marshals Conference, which took place Oct. 15-19 in Austin. 

November 2018

FINALS MANIA MARKS DECADE OF TREATING STUDENTS TO PANCAKES AND MORE posted on 11/29/18
The popular tradition, which started in 2008 to give weary students a break from studying for final exams, will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the M.D. Anderson Library.

STAY COUGAR S.A.F.E: Q&A WITH UHPD CHIEF CEASER MOORE posted on 11/16/18
Recognized as a pacesetter in security across the higher education sector, the University of Houston Police Department was honored with a Top 10 ranking on the 2018 Safe Campus Summit Top 25 list. 

October 2018

UH DINING HOSTING CHEF KAISER LASHKARI posted on 10/31/18
The UH alumnus will be serving up some of his favorite dishes at Cougar Woods Dining Commons on Nov. 7 as part of the celebrity chef series.

UH PROGRAMS, PRACTICES SHOWCASED AT NACAS CONFERENCE posted on 10/31/18
The University had five presentation proposals accepted for the conference, which drew auxiliary-related employees from universities and colleges from across the country.

IRA WARSHAUER TO LEAD UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SYSTEM OFFICE OF REAL ESTATE SERVICES posted on 10/25/18
The UH alumnus and senior-level real estate and facility management professional has been appointed to the executive director role, effective Nov. 1.

STUDENTS AT NEARBY SCHOOL BENEFIT FROM GENEROSITY OF A&F STAFF posted on 10/23/18
Employees from across the Division donated 352 articles of school uniform clothing for children at Houston ISD’s Blackshear Elementary.

CAMPUS DOCUMENT SYSTEMS SIGNS NEW CONTRACT WITH UH posted on 10/19/18
The five-year agreement means the University Copy Center on the ground floor of the Welcome Center Garage will continue serving the UH community.

STRATEGIC VISION PLAN OUTLINES A BOLD FUTURE FOR CAMPUS DINING PROGRAM posted on 10/05/18
UH Dining Services, in collaboration with Auxiliary Services and University leadership, developed the five-year plan, which will modernize the dining program while balancing the diverse needs of the growing campus population.

“WALK IN THE DARK” TAKES STEPS TO ILLUMINATE PEDESTRIAN EXPERIENCE posted on 10/05/18
Literally stepping across campus, the annual “Walk in the Dark” event to be held Tuesday, October 9, provides a unique opportunity for immediate “boots on the ground” feedback about the overall pedestrian experience in the twilight hours.

ZHEN FU PROMOTED TO SAFETY MANAGER posted on 10/04/18
In her new role for Environmental Health and Life Safety, she will be responsible for implementing and managing UH’s first chemical safety program.

HUMAN RESOURCES LEADERSHIP INTERIM APPOINTMENT posted on 10/02/18
Sandra Armstrong was appointed Interim Associate Vice Chancellor/Vice President Human Resources, effective Oct. 1.

WEAR RED TO RIDE METRORAIL FOR FREE ON THURSDAY GAME DAYS posted on 10/01/18
METRO has partnered with the University of Houston to allow UH faculty, staff and students to ride METRORail to campus free of charge during the Thursday home football games this season.

EMPLOYEES INVITED TO ATTEND 2018 HUB VENDOR FAIR posted on 10/01/18
The event, which will include door prizes and a photo booth, will be Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Houston Ballroom of the Student Center South. 

September 2018

REMEDIATION WORK PAVING WAY FOR STUDENT CENTER SATELLITE’S COMEBACK posted on 9/28/18
Although the popular campus gathering spot sustained significant damage from Hurricane Harvey, an ongoing two-phase project will restore it to its original pre-storm condition.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR ANNUAL MAMMOGRAM posted on 9/28/18
The Rose’s mobile wellness unit will offer on-site, no-cost mammography to eligible female employees at UH on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 10.

FACULTY, STAFF INVITED TO FOOTBALL TICKET GIVEAWAY AND TAILGATE posted on 9/26/18
Representatives from UH Athletics will distribute tickets and T-shirts to the UH versus Tulsa game during the giveaway, which will be Friday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Space City Room of the Student Center South.

STAY INFORMED WITH UH ALERT posted on 9/20/18
The emergency notification system will be used to provide prompt notification to students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency on campus.

BOOKSTORE HOSTING GRAD FAIR FOR STUDENTS TO BUY GRADUATION GEAR posted on 9/20/18
The three-day event will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25 though Sept. 27 at the UH Bookstore in Student Center South. Numerous vendors will be in attendance.

LATE-NIGHT PIZZA NOW AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS THROUGH BOOST APP posted on 9/17/18
University of Houston students and employees are now able to order personal-sized pizzas to go from Moody Towers Dining Commons during the late-night hours.

WHAT’S THAT SOUND? IT’S THE OUTDOOR WARNING SIREN posted on 9/14/18
The system provides the University a quick method of notifying the entire campus in case of an emergency that they should go indoors and shelter in place.

UH SUSTAINABILITY SUCCESSES SHARED AT CONFERENCE posted on 9/11/18
Michael Mendoza, manager of the Office of Sustainability, presented about UH’s sustainability programs during the poster session of NACUBO’s annual meeting.

RETREAT FOCUSES ON WORKPLACE CULTURE AND THE A&F SPIRIT posted on 9/11/18
The Office of Administration held a two-day staff retreat framed around customer service, leadership and building a positive work environment.

SYMPOSIUM CELEBRATES A&F DIVISION’S ASSESSMENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS posted on 9/11/18
The inaugural A&F C.A.R.E.S. Assessment Symposium provided an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the valuable work taking place across the division.

CAMPUS SAFETY’S NICK ACKLES RETIRES posted on 9/10/18
After starting at the University of Houston in 2002, he transferred to Campus Safety in January 2017 to become campus safety systems manager.

CAMPUS SAFETY WINS SECOND PLACE IN CUPCAKE CHALLENGE posted on 9/10/18
The team used the theme of Cougars: Growing Together for their entry at the fun event, which took place during the Staff Appreciation Luncheon.

PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES BY LEARNING LIFE-SAVING SKILLS posted on 9/10/18
As National Preparedness Month continues, the UH Office of Emergency Management is offering weekly tips on how to prepare for an emergency.

HAVE A PLAN IN CASE AN EMERGENCY STRIKES posted on 9/4/18
September is National Preparedness Month, and the University of Houston's Office of Emergency Management will be sharing preparedness tips for the UH community each week.

August 2018

WEIGHT WATCHERS OFFERED TO UH COMMUNITY THIS FALL posted on 8/29/18
Staff, faculty and students can sign up to participate in the 12-week series, which will begin Oct. 11 and run through Jan. 10.

NEW DIRECTOR JOINS MOODY TOWERS DINING TEAM posted on 8/27/18
James McKuin comes to UH Dining Services from Portland State University, where he opened the catering program with Chartwells.

UH DINING INTRODUCING NITRO COLD BREW BIKE posted on 8/27/18
The mobile three-wheeled bicycle will be operated by a barista and offer cold brew coffee to the UH community.

UH PRINTING LAUNCHES ONLINE ORDERING SERVICE posted on 8/21/18
The new easy-to-use digital storefront allows staff, faculty, students and others to place orders at any time in a secure and consistent manner.

STUDENT CENTER SATELLITE TEMPORARILY CLOSED posted on 8/17/18
Due to ongoing maintenance issues, the building and all of its dining locations will remain closed for repairs. It is anticipated to reopen in the spring.

FACULTY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INITIATIVE LAUNCHES posted on 8/06/18
A guide, classroom syllabus and website were created to help everyone prepare for and respond to a variety of emergencies that could occur on campus.

WIN PRIZES DURING #UHBYOBOTTLE CAMPAIGN posted on 8/06/18
UH students, faculty and staff can post a photo of themselves using a reusable water bottle from Aug. 20 to Aug. 31 for a chance to win a prize from the Office of Sustainability.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS POSTERS GOING UP posted on 8/06/18
The posters will be placed in every classroom and lab on campus and will contain important resource information on what to do during an emergency situation.

EHLS IMPLEMENTS NEW SOFTWARE posted on 8/06/18
The Environmental Health & Safety Assistant application allows staff, principal investigators, lab managers and workers to access one portal for a variety of work-related purposes.