Message from the Regents


Carroll R Ray PortraitWhen I think back on the legacy of my grandfather, Hugh Roy Cullen, two things stand out — his lifelong support of the University of Houston and his enduring generosity to Houston’s medical community. He recognized that the well-being of a city is inextricably linked to the health and education of its residents. That’s why I know that he would be so proud, as I am, to see the confluence of his two great philanthropic passions in the UH Health initiative.

In addition to being a major benefit to our city, this initiative, which focuses on the university’s tremendous strengths in health-related science and research, as well as our increasingly important role in training the region’s health care workforce, is an integral piece of the university’s Tier-One plan.


I am excited by the progress we have made in our Tier-One jouney. I look forward to working with the university’s administration to see that UH Health remains a major factor in that effort.


With renowned faculty such as hormones researcher Dr. Jan-Åke Gustafsson and cancer researcher Xiaoliu Shaun Zhang, the University of Houston has the capacity to produce the nationally competitive research required of a Tier-One institution. Development of new programs in emerging health fields such as biomedical engineering, and planned construction of the 167,000-square-foot Health and Biomedical Sciences Center, speak to the university’s commitment to attracting the high-quality faculty and students necessary to achieve Tier One. And with UH researchers bringing in $61.1 million in grant funding for health-related research in 2009 alone, the health initiative is helping the university meet another key criterion for Tier-One status.

As a member of the UH System Board of Regents, I am excited by the progress we have made so far in our Tier-One journey. I look forward to working with the university’s administration to see that UH Health remains a major factor in that effort.

But most importantly, I look forward to continuing our efforts to foster student success. As a prospective law student, I knew I didn’t have to look any further than UH to find a leading law school where I could receive a stellar education. With the promise of UH Health, we are on our way to becoming the premier destination for students seeking careers in the health care industry.

Carroll Robertson Ray (J.D. ’02)
UH System Board of Regents