To the Cougar Community and Its Supporters
Houston has developed into a vibrant international city, one where commerce and culture foster a community based on determination, drive and personal success.
We enjoy several notable resources that have helped shape and sustain our remarkable development into a world-class city. Certainly the University of Houston has played a unique and extraordinary role in that transcendence. UH shares not only the name of our city, but also a number of its prime characteristics. Both are diverse in composition and global in perspective. Both embrace the entrepreneurial spirit. Both recognize the vital roles that energy and health care play in our economy. And both acknowledge the importance of individual achievement and collective enlightenment.
This is how it should be.
As a second-generation native Houstonian, I have seen firsthand how UH has grown steadily and flourished, paralleling the city’s own prosperity. Surely, this is no coincidence.
UH has been the city’s invaluable partner for progress, educating the skilled workforce and leaders in business and government who are essential to the vitality of our economy and vision of our community. Its research and scholarship have served to address our challenges, providing both inspiration and practical knowledge. In doing so, the university has become a resourceful local asset and a nationally celebrated institution.
Today, Houston is indeed fortunate to be one of a handful of cities in America that can boast of having two Tier One universities.
I know that President Khator is fond of pointing out that a great city deserves a great public university. On behalf of the city of Houston, I salute her and the University of Houston for taking that responsibility to heart.
Annise D. Parker