University of Houston System Chancellor Renu Khator has named Michael A. Olivas as the interim president of University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), effective today.
Olivas is the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Houston Law Center and Director of the Institute of Higher Education Law and Governance at the University of Houston. He has also served as associate dean of the Law Center.
Highly respected as a legal scholar in the areas of immigration, higher education and the U.S. Supreme Court, Olivas has the noted distinction as the only elected member of both the American Law Institute and the National Academy of Education honor academies.
Additional information about Olivas can be found at https://www.law.uh.edu/faculty/main.asp?PID=31.
William Flores, former president of UHD, will continue on at the University as a tenured faculty member.
A national search for the new president of UHD will begin immediately.
About the University of Houston System
The University of Houston System is a comprehensive system of higher education institutions serving to further the intellectual capital and economic strength of the Gulf Coast region. The UH System includes the University of Houston, a nationally recognized Tier One public research university; the University of Houston-Downtown, a four-year university with undergraduate and master's programs; the University of Houston-Victoria, a four-year university with undergraduate and master’s level degree programs; and the University of Houston- Clear Lake, a four-year university with undergraduate and graduate programs. The system also includes three branch campuses, UH-Clear Lake Pearland, UH System - Northwest and UH Sugar Land, as well as a multi-institution teaching center, UH System Cinco Ranch. In addition, the System owns and operates Houston Public Media (HPM). To learn more about the UH System, visit http://www.uhsa.uh.edu/.