UH System chancellor comments about closed meeting with UHV faculty

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

March 20, 2014 at 11 p.m.
Updated March 20, 2014 at 10:21 p.m.

University of Houston System Chancellor Renu Khator has released some highlights from her two closed-door meetings with University of Houston-Victoria faculty.

"I will hire a nationally renowned consulting firm to assist in creating the UH Sugar Land transition team and support its work," Khator wrote. "I expect their work (the transition team) could take six to eight months."

The University of Houston-Sugar Land transition team is expected to smooth the transitional changes for the Sugar Land campus and UHV.

Among the highlights released, making UHV a destination university was among the 10 listed.

Last month, the University of Houston System Board of Regents voted to remove UHV from the Sugar Land campus and transfer UHV's School of Nursing to the University of Houston leadership.

The approval roused concern among UHV faculty - which is largely located at the Sugar Land campus.

UHV Faculty Senate President Ron Salazar said the meetings with Khator and UH System Vice Chancellor Paula Short were well-received.

"I appreciate the chancellor's commitment to shared sovereignty," Salazar said.

Last week, the UHV Faculty Senate gave UHV President Phil Castille a vote of no-confidence. Castille resigned Tuesday.

UHV Vice President for Administration and Finance Wayne Beran was appointed acting president by Khator over the next two to three weeks while the system searches for an interim president.

"Wayne Beran is an exceptional leader in whom I have full confidence," Salazar said.



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