Monica Thompson was appointed the Executive Director of UCS on July 7, 2014. She joins the University of Houston from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was the Assistant Director of Internal Operations and Student Services, as well as Career Course Manager and BA 101 Lecturer for BBA Career Services, at the McCombs School of Business.
Thompson’s career spans over 20 years in higher education, recruiting, and human resources. While at UT, Thompson utilized comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge of organizational design, change management, project management, team development, leadership development, talent management and instructional design to contribute to the overall management and leadership of the McCombs BBA Career Services center. You can read more about her past experience here.
She is passionate about developing today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders while delivering operational excellence as the Executive Director of University Career Services at the University of Houston. “I cultivated professional development opportunities for 4,500 undergraduate business students annually at UT-Austin’s business career services, ranked second in the nation,” said Thompson. “I am excited to join the University of Houston at the most exciting time to be in Houston. Our growth as a city, a university, and economy is incredible, which means tremendous opportunity for our students. I look forward to partnering with employers, students, and alumni to create a Cougar pathway to success and turn these opportunities into realities.”
A native of Houston, Thompson holds a Master of Science in Human Resources Development from Texas A&M University and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management with a minor in Accounting from Texas State University. Her areas of expertise include career development, organizational learning and development, talent acquisition and recruitment, career services programming, management training, and human resources administration.
Thompson has published articles in Advances in Human Resources Development quarterly journal. Additionally, she is a certified Mediator, Career Coach, Myers Briggs, True Colors, Spiritual Gifts and DISC facilitator, who also brings with her an extensive background in sales, banking, and retail.