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Wilson Family Conference Room

A prized, frequently utilized space at the Valenti School of Communication is the Wilson Family Conference Room. This conference room was made possible by the generosity of Welcome Wilson, Sr.  and his family. Welcome Wilson, Sr. is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Houston and was a close friend and business partner to the late Jack Valenti.

Welcome Wilson, Sr.’s accomplishments include:

  • Business Manager of the UH newspaper, The Cougar 1947 – 1949
  • Business Manager of UH Frontier Fiesta – 1948
  • Business Manager of the UH yearbook, The Houstonian – 1949
  • One of Ten Outstanding UH People in The Houstonian Yearbook – 1949
  • UH Alumni representative to UH Student Government 1949 – 1950
  • Assistant Director of the School of Nursing at the University of Houston 1949 –1950
  • Assistant Director of Public Relations at the University of Houston 1952 - 1953
  • Vice President of the UH Alumni Association (with Jack Valenti, President) 1952 – 1953
  • Board Member, UH Alumni Association 1952 – 1956
  • Board Member, Friends of the MD Anderson Library at UH 1965 – 1980
  • Distinguished Alumnus, University of Houston – 1970
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Bauer College of Business at UH – 1996
  • Founding Chairman UH Alumni Heritage Society 1996 – 1999
  • Founder, Jack E. Wilson Endowment for Books of Humor at UH Library – 2003
  • Chairman of the drive that raised $11 million for the MD Anderson Library at UH. – 2005
  • Appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the UH Board of Regents 2006 – 2011
  • Chairman of the UH Board of Regents 2007 – 2010
  • Led the drive to change the name to Jack Valenti School of Communications – 2008
  • Headed up campaign to raise $3.5 million dollars for the Valenti School at UH – 2008
  • Named by President Renu Khator as Chairman of the Drive to Tier One – 2011
  • Conference room at UH Valenti School named in his honor – 2011
  • Largest Gallery at UH Blaffer Art Museum named for his wife – 2012
  • Awarded Honorary Doctorate from University of Houston – 2013
  • Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative at UH named in his honor – 2014