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UHV Work Group chairman takes on position with UH System

By Carolina Astrain
Aug. 16, 2014 at 7:33 p.m.
Updated Aug. 17, 2014 at 12:36 a.m.


TRANSITION TEAM UPDATE

The UH Sugar Land Transition Team's UHV Work Group will meet again in a closed workshop sometime in early September, said Charles Alcorn, UHV Work Group chairman.

Members will work to finalize a plan they will submit to Renu Khator, University of Houston System chancellor and UH president, in October before the start of the legislative session. This year, UHV plans to request $130 million from the state in tuition revenue bonds for additional buildings.

A leader of the UHV transition team is leaving his post in Victoria to work for the University of Houston System.

Charles Alcorn, director of corporate and foundation relations at the University of Houston-Victoria, will begin his newly created position as regional gift officer/Coastal Bend with the UH System Office of University Advancement in September.

"I can't wait to get started," said Alcorn, who will continue his work at UHV until his resignation is made effective Aug. 29. Alcorn also serves as chairman of the UHV Work Group, part of the UH Sugar Land Transition Team.

"This move will have zero impact on my work with the UHV Work Group," Alcorn said. "I'm looking forward to the delivery of a final product in October."

In his new position, Alcorn will be in charge of raising funds and scouting for donors for the UH System's regional campuses.

Alcorn was approached about his newly created position in January, a month before the UH System Board of Regents approved recommendations to strip UHV of its operations in Sugar Land and the transfer the UHV School of Nursing to the UH main campus.

"Nothing surprises me about or pleases me more than news of Dr. Charlie Alcorn's promotion," said Phil Castille, UHV's former president who was ousted after receiving a vote of no confidence from the UHV Faculty Senate in March. "He is a man of remarkable energy, skill and dedication to the University of Houston System. That's why I was very pleased to hire him at UHV last year."

In his new position, Alcorn will receive a $29,500 pay increase, pushing his annual salary of $92,500.

Area business leaders were happy to hear the news.

"I have the utmost respect for Charlie Alcorn," said Dennis Patillo, a Victoria businessman and UHV Work Group member. "I'm sure whatever is good for him is good for Victoria."

Victoria Chamber of Commerce President Randy Vivian echoed Patillo's sentiments.

"Dr. Alcorn is extremely competent in what he does," Vivian said. "He is also just a really, really great guy. He'll thrive in his new position. I'm excited."

While he has never met Alcorn in person, UHV senior Eli Olvera said he knows the name holds a good reputation.

Alcorn Auditorium, inside the UHV University West Building, is named after Alcorn's father, Charles William "Chuck" Alcorn Jr., and mother, Dorothy Alcorn, a former UH System regent.

"Hopefully, students benefit from the change and start getting the attention they need," said Olvera, a Houston native. "It's a good step for Victoria."

After his youngest son graduates from high school in Houston, Alcorn said he hopes to return to Victoria.

"That's my heart's desire," Alcorn said.

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