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Strategic planning is a hopeful endeavor. The process anticipates successes, growth and longevity. Planning for a new higher education effort assumes there will be challenges as well as opportunities, but that both will build a strong foundation.

The University of Houston and the city of Katy are planning for a future where higher education is invested in the community; where industry informs the programs; where students supply the workforce; where leadership inspires collaboration.

The individuals committed to the strategic plan for the University of Houston at Katy do so because they believe in the vision for its future, and they believe that the honest and challenging discussions about that future will lead to clear paths to success. The Strategic Planning Steering Committee Members are:

  • Jay Neal, Associate Vice President Academic Affairs, Chief Operating Officer, UH at Katy
  • Richard Phillips, Community Outreach and Partnerships, UH at Katy
  • Kathryn Tart, Dean, UH College of Nursing
  • Dan Maxwell, UH Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Jagannatha (J.R.) Rao, Associate Professor, UH Cullen College of Engineering
  • The Honorable Bill Callegari, Former Texas State Representative
  • Marisa Ramirez, Senior Director, University Communication, UH at Katy
  • Joel Chavali, UH Cullen College of Engineering Student
  • Judy Korb, Higher Education Facilitator

Their high hopes, buoyed by community and industry support, will create a solid foundation for student success, community engagement and global impact.

Stay tuned!

Jay Neal, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs and Chief Operating Officer, UH Katy


Dr. Judy Korb has over 35 years of experience in education and training. Her background includes business professor, senior administrator in higher education, executive/professional coaching, management and organizational development consulting including needs assessment, meeting facilitation and training for businesses and colleges.

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UH at Katy faculty, staff and students, as well as community members, offered their thoughts about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of our campus efforts. The strategies we craft together will lead us into the future.

Our Progress

  • March 5, 2019

    First meeting of the Strategic Planning steering committee

    Meeting notes »

  • April 10-11, 2019

    SWOT Analysis Sessions with stakeholders, steering committee and Katy task force

    Meeting notes »

  • May 21, 2019

    Meet with steering committee to review data

    Meeting notes »

  • May 22, 2019

    Drafting the Defining Statement

    Meeting notes »

  • June 2019

    Meet with steering committee
  • July 2019

    Meet with steering committee
  • September 2019

    Determine initiatives for the plan

    Meeting notes »

  • January 2020

    Complete the Katy Strategic Plan