BROADCASTER MILLER, BUSINESSMAN
RAUCH TO RECEIVE HONORARY UH DOCTORATES
UH Alums Feted at CLASS, C.T. Bauer College of Business Ceremonies
HOUSTON, April 10, 2007 – The University of Houston will
present honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to two of its outstanding
alumni. Broadcast journalist Ray Miller and Houston businessman
and former UH System Board of Regents chairman Leonard Rauch will
be presented these honorary degrees during separate commencement
ceremonies on Friday, May 11.
Miller will receive his honorary degree during the College of Liberal
Arts and Social Sciences commencement at
9 a.m., and Rauch will be honored during the C.T. Bauer College
of Business graduate commencement at 7 p.m.
“I have known both of these gentlemen for more than 50 years.
I have the highest respect for both of these individuals and heartily
support presenting them with these honors,” said UHS Regent
Welcome Wilson Sr.
Many audiences are familiar with Miller from his work as newscaster
for KPRC radio and KPRC Channel 2, where he also was news director.
Miller earned acclaim from his television programs “The Eyes
of Texas” and “Ray Miller’s Texas.” He is
working on a new series titled “Texas, Our Texas.” His
affection for the Lone Star State is also reflected in his books
on Houston, Galveston, Texas forts and parks and “Eyes of
Texas” travel guides.
Rauch served on the UHS Board of Regents for three consecutive
terms, from 1967 – 1987, the longest tenure in the institution’s
history. He twice served as the board’s chairman and helped
oversee the expansion of UH facilities. He also was present during
the creation of UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown and UH-Victoria. In 1995,
Rauch was appointed chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
Board (THECB), a position he held for four years, followed by two
years as a board member. During his THECB tenure, Rauch helped develop
the document “Closing the Gaps,” a plan to help Texas
remain economically competitive in the 21st century. An astute banking
professional, Rauch served as the CEO of Compass Bank Greenspoint;
the founder, chairman of the board and CEO of Interstate Bank North;
and the founder and chairman of the board of Greenspoint Bank.
Previous UH honorary degrees have been presented to George H.W.
Bush, Francois Mitterrand, Carlos Menem, Barron Hilton, Philip Johnson,
Edward Albee, William P. Hobby Jr., Jack Valenti, Jan De Hartog,
Loretta Devine and Margaret Spellings.
About the University of Houston
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and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers
and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate,
civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university
in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and
service with more than 35,000 students.
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