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  • Update: $50 Million Gift, Accolades and Provost Search

    Congratulations and thank you on another successful academic year! Last week, we graduated nearly 6,000 students in multiple ceremonies thanks to you! These graduates are special because in order to graduate they had to climb over the COVID-19 mountain and deal with enormous unpredictability. Needless to say, they could not have made it to the finish line without your guiding hand. Once again, thank you for everything you do every day for our students and our university.

    May 20, 2022

  • Journey to the Top 50

    Last year, we announced the University of Houston’s bold, new vision to become a Top 50 public university. We knew that achieving this goal would not be easy. No. It would challenge us to stretch to a higher level … to think in ways that we’ve never thought before – and that’s exactly why we made it our vision.

    March 29, 2022

  • Provost Search Committee Announcement

    I am pleased to announce that I am appointing a 16-member search committee co-chaired by Drs. Catherine Horn and Ramanan Krishnamoorti to begin our national search for the next Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost for the UH System/UH. The Search Committee will be assisted by SP&A Executive Search and will complete its work during the spring semester with the hope of filling the position by summer 2022. I thank the committee members for undertaking this very important task.

    February 2, 2022

  • Paula Myrick Short to Retire in August 2022

    With mixed emotions, I announce that Paula Myrick Short, University of Houston System senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and University of Houston senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, has decided that she will retire, due to family health issues, in August 2022.

    January 26, 2022

  • Spring Update: Regular Classes to Resume Jan. 31

    Thank you for your collective efforts in making the soft opening of the spring semester a success. The past few weeks have been uncertain at times, but you accepted the challenge with fortitude and made it work.

    January 25, 2022

  • Spring Semester Decisions

    Welcome back and Happy New Year. I hope you and your families are safe and healthy. In the days since the end of the fall term, we’ve continued to monitor the spread of the Omicron variant, which now accounts for 95% of all COVID-19 infections in the U.S. While Omicron is believed to be less severe, its infection rate is still a cause for serious concern.

    January 7, 2022

  • End of the Semester Update for Students

    As we close out the year, I am in awe of you and grateful for the comeback we have had. The pandemic has been very challenging for all of us. Thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine and your determination to make it happen, we made the full return to campus with success. We’re back!

    December 9, 2021

  • End of the Semester Update for Faculty and Staff

    We started the semester with cautious optimism that we could fully return to campus with success. And thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine and your precautionary actions, we accomplished that goal. Thank you for helping make this vision a reality and for giving our students the immersive experience they deeply missed.

    December 9, 2021

  • Walker Appointed Interim President at UHCL

    Today, I am appointing Richard Walker, vice chancellor and vice president for student affairs and enrollment services at UH System and UH, to serve as interim president at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, beginning Oct. 9.

    October 7, 2021

  • Update: Big 12, Enrollment and Merit Increase

    We thought we would have a much more normal semester, but the spread of COVID-19’s Delta variant has made it a very anxious time once again. I thank you for persevering in face of physical, mental and emotional challenges. We are doing everything possible to add value to our students’ learning experience, and we can take satisfaction from that. Here is a quick update for you.

    September 10, 2021

  • It's Official: UH is in the Big 12!

    Today is a monumental day in the trajectory of the University of Houston as we formally accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 Conference. While on the surface this decision impacts our athletics program, it truly is a transformational change for our institution. Our mission is about “connecting potential with opportunity” and today’s announcement is about just that.

    September 10, 2021

  • Appointment of Chief Population Health Officer

    I am pleased to announce another significant step forward with the appointment of Dr. Bettina Beech to the newly created cabinet level position of Chief Population Health Officer, effective Sept. 1.

    August 18, 2021

  • Fall Semester Decisions - Students

    While I trust that we all will take personal responsibility and safeguard ourselves from the virus, I also know that some institutional decisions regarding vaccinations, masks, testing and instructional formats are necessary to keep our community safe. I write to you today to present these decisions.

    August 10, 2021

  • Fall Semester Decisions - Faculty & Staff

    While I trust that we all will take personal responsibility to mitigate the risk of the COVID-19 spread as we open for Fall Semester on August 23, I also feel that some institutional decisions regarding vaccinations, masks, meetings, exemptions and course delivery are necessary to keep our community safe.

    August 10, 2021

  • Compensation and Budget Decisions

    I write to update you today on important budgetary decisions for the current year (FY 2020-21) as well as for the next year (FY2021-22).

    July 8, 2021

  • Update: Transition and Reopening

    As we approach the end of this tumultuous, pandemic-plagued semester, it’s only natural to wonder what awaits us this summer and fall.  While we cannot be certain of the future, we have to plan for it now – and we must do so based on the information available today and with the ability to alter the course should the circumstances change. With this in mind, I would like to offer you guidelines about the process and a timeline for our campus reopening.

    May 10, 2021

  • Update - Summer & Fall Semesters

    Congratulations on completing a very challenging semester! A double congratulations to the seniors graduating next week! With the improvement in the fight against COVID-19, we now have plans in place for the UH community to return to normal during the next few months. For those of you not graduating this spring, please read on to learn about the coming semesters.

    May 5, 2021

  • President's Update: Legislature, Commencement, Fall Semester

    We are almost at the end of the academic year, and what a year it has been with the global pandemic, an economic downturn, issues related to social injustice and hate crimes. Even during these times, our UH community has continued to educate students, conduct research and serve the community.

    April 13, 2021

  • COVID-19 Safety Protocols at UH

    I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. I write to you today to provide further guidance on the COVID-19 safety protocols following Gov. Abbott’s March 2 Executive Order that will lift the statewide mask mandate and allow Texas businesses to resume operating at 100 percent capacity effective March 10.

    March 5, 2021

  • Winter Storm Recovery

    My thoughts are with you and your families as you recover from the devastating disruption of the winter weather this past week. Once again, UH and the people of Houston have displayed amazing resilience. What a helpless feeling to lose power and water at the same time! It’s unbelievable how quickly much of our city can came to a standstill. And to face such hardships while already struggling with the challenges of the pandemic verges on the incredible.

    February 21, 2021

  • Winter Storm Update

    During this unprecedented winter storm, we hope you are staying safe and warm. The winter storm system is dangerously cold and has resulted in significant damage, including loss of water and power for many of us. We will continue to remain closed through Thursday, Feb. 18. Faculty are being asked to adjust deadlines for assignments and tests due to the impact of widespread power outages and Blackboard being temporarily unavailable. 

    February 16, 2021

  • Spring Semester Update – COVID-19

    Happy New Year and welcome back! We are starting the new semester with mixed emotions – excitement, anxiety and anticipation.

    January 13, 2021

  • President's Update

    As we approach the close of a very challenging year, I sincerely hope that the vaccines and other advances in treatment will soon get us on a path to a stable recovery. Even under the best of scenarios, we anticipate the lingering effects of the pandemic will last until 2023. During this time, we will do our best to keep everyone safe and mitigate an adverse impact on our ability to fulfill our mission or to advance toward our vision.

    December 21, 2020

  • Fall Semester Update for Students

    I hope that you and your families continue to be safe and healthy. I further hope that your studies are going well, and that you are progressing toward your degree despite all the challenges posed by this global pandemic. These are difficult times, but I am very proud of the resiliency and tenacity that you have shown.

    November 11, 2020

  • Fall Semester Update

    Resiliency is a part of our culture and the pandemic has certainly tested it. We are serving more students than ever and performing at a higher level than ever on research and scholarship measures. We have also concluded our $1 billion campaign by raising $240 million over the goal. Congratulations on our many successes!  Once again, I am humbled to be with you as we work our way through the current crisis. Here are some important items to share with you.

    November 9, 2020

  • Welcome Back

    For those of you who are new to our campus, let me say welcome to the University of Houston.  And to those who are returning, I'm so pleased to say welcome back.  It is understandable that many of you are approaching the fall with anticipation and concern given the pandemic we continue to navigate. I can imagine this is especially true for our freshman class and your families.

    August 17, 2020

  • Fall Semester Update

    I hope you and your families are safe and healthy and that you are excited about the start of this fall semester. It is understandable that many of you are also approaching the fall with anticipation and concern given the pandemic we continue to navigate. It is sometimes difficult to grasp the physical, emotional and financial toll it has taken on all of us.

    August 17, 2020

  • Reopening for the Fall Semester

    I hope you and your families are safe and healthy. In three weeks, we will begin perhaps the most unusual and challenging fall semester. Thank you for your patience and dedication as we plan to fulfill our mission of providing learning opportunities to our students in as safe an environment as possible.

    August 3, 2020

  • Face Masks, Race Relations & Social Justice Group

    President Renu Khator shared significant news items that impact the University community. She addressed revised COVID-19 return to work protocols - including new face mask requirements, the establishment of a $1 million research fund for faculty and the University’s next steps toward addressing race relations and social justice.

    June 24, 2020

  • Preparing for Fall at UH

    I hope you and your families are safe and healthy. These are unsettling times due to the pandemic’s impact on the nation’s economy and public health. I know that you value your education and its positive influence on your future. We value your education, too, because we know that as we emerge from this crisis, we will need leaders and thinkers like you to shape our common future.

    June 12, 2020

  • Confronting Racial Injustice

    The George Floyd tragedy and the issue of racial injustice continues to trouble us deeply.  Last week, I shared a letter with you expressing our mutual pain and frustration following this sad, senseless death.  In it, I wrote, “Our mission as an institution and our responsibility as human beings compel us to take a stand.” Today, I am writing to tell you about the initial steps we are taking to fulfill that mission and meet that responsibility.

    June 10, 2020

  • University of Houston's Commitment to the City

    At the University of Houston, we feel compelled to ask if there is more we can do as an institute of higher education to address the problems that have been thrust to the forefront and touched us deeply.

    June 8, 2020

  • Reopening Update: Next Steps

    Gov. Greg Abbott’s most recent executive order allows institutions of higher education to open their physical campuses June 1. Today, President Renu Khator addressed the UH community about the University’s Phase 2 reopening Monday, June 8, on a voluntary basis, the anticipated next steps for the fall semester as well as budgetary items.

    June 2, 2020

  • George Floyd’s Death

    The sad and senseless death of George Floyd hits close to home for the University of Houston. Mr. Floyd was a member of our community, and we join hundreds of other universities and millions of Americans in condemning this brutal event and the larger failing in our culture that allows such atrocities to continue. We share in the tremendous pain our community and nation are experiencing. Please read President Renu Khator's letter to our UH community for more information.

    June 1, 2020

  • Faculty & Staff COVID-19 Update

    Now that the efforts to reopen the state and the city have begun and we have successfully completed this very challenging semester, it is time to look beyond the immediate horizon.  Since this pandemic will continue to challenge us until a vaccine is found, we must address questions like the safe reopening of the campus, the long-term financial health of the University, and life in the new normal.

    May 19, 2020

  • UH Responds to COVID-19

    As “Houston’s University,” UH is doing its part in our city’s fight against COVID-19. We invite you to share these stories of committed Cougars making a difference.

    May 8, 2020

  • Video Message for Our Graduates

    I want to take a moment to send a special message to each of you during this week when we had planned to celebrate you completing your degree at the University of Houston with our traditional commencement ceremony.

    May 6, 2020

  • Reopening Update

    I hope you and your families are safe and healthy. We have come to the end of this very unusual spring semester. Thanks to your efforts, which included transitioning thousands of classes and services online, more than 6,000 students will graduate next week. Congratulations … to all of us! Here are some important updates for you.

    April 30, 2020

  • Summer Instruction Update

    Looking forward to the summer, not even our most knowledgeable health experts can predict with certainty when the threat of COVID-19 will subside. But we do know it will be with us for some time and so will the need for social distancing. That is why my leadership team and I have made the decision to continue delivering remote instruction for all four summer sessions, which begin June 1, and the May mini-session.

    April 3, 2020

  • COVID-19 Update: Harris County Order

    Today, Harris County issued a Stay at Home order beginning at 11:59pm tonight through April 3. What does this mean for us?

    March 24, 2020

  • UH & COVID-19 Decisions: Students

    During this very difficult situation, we have been listening intently to you and your families. Preserving health and safety has been first and foremost in every step we have taken and every decision we’ve made. In the final analysis, our students and UH community are who matter most to us. With that in mind, the following decisions have been made.

    March 19, 2020

  • COVID-19: Three Important Decisions: Faculty & Staff

    Most of you are working from home but some of you are on campus keeping the essential services going and/or leading the troops. My team and I thank you all, but particularly those who are on campus. I wanted to let you know that after careful consideration and consultation, we have made the following three decisions. You can refer to my letter to students for more details.

    March 19, 2020

  • Latest UH Guidelines for COVID-19

    Since my last communication regarding the university’s response to COVID-19, President Trump as well as state and local officials have announced additional efforts to slow its spread, or “flatten the curve." The purpose of this communication is to put things in perspective and offer you additional guidelines as it comes to your day-to-day decision-making.

    March 17, 2020

  • UH Response to Coronavirus: Alumni

    No matter what part of the world you live in, you are a valued member of our family. If there is any way we can be of help to you by providing information and/or connections, please let us know. The University of Houston and the UH Alumni Association are here for you.

    March 16, 2020

  • UH Takes COVID-19 Action; Classes to Go Online

    To allow you to address professional and personal matters in response to the city of Houston and Harris County emergency health declarations and to do our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, we are taking the following actions.

    March 11, 2020

  • COVID-19 Update: Students

    The safety of our faculty, staff and students is our top priority. We must take all necessary precautions suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but we must also commit to playing our role in containing the outbreak of the virus in our community. With this in mind, I am providing you with the following information.

    March 9, 2020

  • COVID-19 Update: Faculty and Staff

    As we continue to see more and more news about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), I know that you and your families must be anxious, because we all are. As I assured you last Wednesday, we continue to follow closely the global spread of COVID-19 and its potential impact on our university communities. There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 on our campuses; however, there have been some cases identified in and around Houston. According to reports, all of these cases involve foreign travel. With this in mind and after extensive consultation, I am asking that you please adhere to the following.

    March 9, 2020

  • Welcome Back, Faculty and Staff

    Let me wish you a Happy New Year and welcome you back to our University for the spring semester. The University of Houston continues to expand and excel thanks to the energy, intelligence and enthusiasm you provide, and I want to thank you for that.

    January 22, 2020

  • Flexibility, Support & Compassion

    Once again, the people of Houston showed their resilience in the midst of horrible flooding. Some of you had homes flooded. Others had cars damaged or were stuck in traffic for hours on freeways trying to get home or to your children’s schools. What a helpless feeling! It’s unbelievable how quickly much of our city can come to a standstill.

    September 23, 2019

  • Welcome Back, Faculty and Staff

    Our FY2019-20 has started with a bang: first, the ceremonial signing of the bill to create the UH College of Medicine, followed by the announcement of the largest gift in the University’s history, and then the announcement of funding for the new UH Law Center building.

    September 5, 2019

  • President's Update

    As we pass the midway point to another successful semester at the University of Houston, I hope you find time to be outdoors and enjoy this beautiful April weather in Houston. Here are some items of interest for you.

    April 17, 2019

  • Go Texan Day at UH

    Each year, the city celebrates its Western heritage with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – and the University of Houston likes to join in the festivities.

    February 19, 2019

  • Welcome Back, Faculty and Staff

    Another spring semester is underway, and I’m delighted to welcome you back from what I hope was a wonderful winter break. I’m invigorated by the enthusiasm, intelligence and dedication I see around me everywhere on campus. You continue to improve our University every day and, for that, I thank you all.

    January 17, 2019

  • UH Closes for Day of Mourning; Finals Continue

    Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order designating Wednesday, Dec. 5, as an official Day of Mourning for our 41st president, George H.W. Bush. In keeping with his order, the University of Houston will be closed – however, all scheduled final exams and other essential activities will continue. Only essential staff as designated by division vice presidents are expected to report for work. Essential staff will be allowed another day off for observance within the week.

    December 4, 2018

  • Welcome Back, Students

    The University of Houston takes immense pride in the progress it has made as a comprehensive research institution during the past decade.

    August 28, 2018

  • Welcome Back, Faculty and Staff

    The University of Houston takes immense pride in the progress it has made as a comprehensive research institution during the past decade.

    August 28, 2018

  • New Research Initiative – 50 in 5

    This ambitious program will focus on increasing everything related to our research efforts by 50 percent during the next 5-year period.

    June 18, 2018

  • Founding Dean for College of Medicine

    Upon the recommendation of the faculty search committee, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Stephen J. Spann as the founding dean of the College of Medicine effective Feb. 23.

    February 26, 2018

  • Go Texan Day

    One of our city’s most cherished traditions, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, kicks off next week.

    February 22, 2018

  • Mandatory Title IX Training

    At the University of Houston, we are committed to providing an environment free from any kind of misconduct, harassment and fraud.

    February 19, 2018

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    The academic year, 2017-18, has been unusual, with weather, and not the academic calendar, dictating when and how we start the semester.

    January 23, 2018

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    November 20, 2017

  • Welcome Back, Students (Hurricane Harvey)

    September 4, 2017

  • Welcome Back, Faculty and Staff (Hurricane Harvey)

    September 4, 2017

  • UH & Storm Update

    August 28, 2017

  • Welcome, Students

    August 23, 2017

  • President Khator’s budget proposal for the Board of Regents

    August 18, 2017

  • UH Budget

    June 20, 2017

  • Hurricane Preparedness

    June 1, 2017

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    April 6, 2017

  • UH at the Rodeo

    February 28, 2017

  • Travel Ban

    January 30, 2017

  • Student Welcome

    January 24, 2017

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    January 24, 2017

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    December 6, 2016

  • President’s Fall Address 2016

    October 6, 2016

  • Diversity and Inclusion Statement

    September 27, 2016

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    September 7, 2016

  • Welcome

    August 25, 2016

  • Diversity and Respectful Discourse

    July 14, 2016

  • Hurricane Preparedness at UH

    June 21, 2016

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    May 19, 2016

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    September 1, 2015

  • Welcome Back to Campus

    January 19, 2016

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    January 27, 2016

  • New Roles for Two Vice Presidents

    April 15, 2015

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    April 8, 2015

  • Campus Safety

    March 25, 2015

  • Post Hazing Allegations

    March 17, 2015

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    January 26, 2015

  • Division of Marketing, Communication and Media Relations

    May 15, 2014

  • Phi Beta Kappa Visit

    February 17, 2014

  • President Renu Khator issues statement rejecting anti-Israel academic boycott

    February 7, 2014

  • Spring Semester Welcome

    January 23, 2014

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    December 9, 2013

  • Provost Announcement

    June 5, 2013

  • Provost Office Reorganization

    May 13, 2013

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    April 29, 2013

  • Provost Search

    January 23, 2013

  • Accolades and Challenges

    December 5, 2012

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    September 5, 2012

  • Fall & Spring Semester Update

    May 23, 2012

  • UH's Growing Recognition

    March 1, 2012

  • Cougar Red Friday

    January 25, 2012

  • Keeping UHS Campuses Safe

    November 16, 2011

  • Highlights from the President’s Fall Address

    October 7, 2011

  • Support Cougar Football

    September 22, 2011

  • Support Your UH Cougars

    September 21, 2011

  • Remembering September 11th

    September 9, 2011

  • Welcome Back!

    August 24, 2011

  • UH Named Among Great Colleges to Work For

    July 25, 2011

  • TARU Progress Report

    May 26, 2011

  • Princeton Review Honors UH

    March 29, 2011

  • Tier One Progress Report

    February 9, 2011

  • Tier One Celebration

    January 28, 2011

  • Happy Holidays 2010

    December 17, 2010

  • Homecoming 2010

    November 8, 2010

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    November 4, 2010

  • Jeff Cohen Lecture

    October 19, 2010

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    June 8, 2010

  • Faculty and Staff Update

    March 11, 2010

  • Tier One Progress Report

    February 15, 2010

  • Happy Holidays

    December 17, 2009

  • Happy Holidays

    December 10, 2009

  • Support Your Cougar Football Team

    November 17, 2009

  • 2009 Fall Address

    November 11, 2009

  • UH Benefactor John Q'Quinn Dies

    October 29, 2009

  • Remembering John Q’Quinn

    October 29, 2009

  • It's a Great Time to be a Cougar

    October 23, 2009

  • It’s a Great Time to Be a Cougar

    October 23, 2009

  • UH Joins Texas Medical Center

    October 8, 2009

  • UH Joins Texas Medical Center

    October 8, 2009

  • Our Texas Tech Victory

    September 28, 2009

  • Cougars Ranked #12 in National AP Poll

    September 28, 2009

  • Now Is The Time at YOUR University

    September 27, 2009

  • Now Is the Time to be Proud

    September 27, 2009

  • Feeling the Pride at UH - YOUR University

    September 16, 2009

  • Houston Chronicle Op-ed: Big Win for UH on the Road to Tier One

    June 21, 2009

  • New UH Athletic Director Named

    June 11, 2009

  • Tier One Victory

    June 1, 2009

  • Tier One Victory

    June 1, 2009

  • (H1N1 Virus) Information for Faculty

    May 1, 2009

  • Seeking a Brain Gain: UH Makes a Play, and We Say: Go!

    April 23, 2009

  • Seeking a Brain Gain

    April 23, 2009

  • $7 Million Gift Paves Way

    April 2, 2009

  • $7 Million Gift Paves Way for 200 New Annual Scholarships

    April 2, 2009

  • President’s Spring Update

    March 30, 2009

  • Spring Semester Update

    March 30, 2009

  • Passing of Wilhelmina Robertson

    January 29, 2009

  • Update on Issues

    January 29, 2009

  • Why Tier One Status Is Important

    January 21, 2009

  • Provost Appointed

    January 13, 2009

  • Investiture Postponed, Let's Rebuild Houston

    September 17, 2008

  • Welcome to Faculty

    August 21, 2008

  • Cougar First Impressions

    August 19, 2008

  • Welcome to Staff

    August 12, 2008

  • Quest for Top Tier Status

    August 8, 2008

  • Top Tier Message

    June 18, 2008

  • Creating the Energy University

    June 1, 2008

  • Reflecting on First 100 Days

    May 30, 2008

  • Pride Excellence Message

    April 23, 2008

  • Pride Points Message

    March 12, 2008

  • Go Texan

    February 27, 2008

  • 100 Days Group Welcome

    February 21, 2008

  • Alumni Connections

    February 13, 2008

  • A Video Message from Renu Khator

    January 30, 2008

  • Building Our Future - The First 100 Days

    January 22, 2008