UHV transition committee members named

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

May 2, 2014 at 12:02 a.m.

Members of a work group seeking to shape the University of Houston-Victoria's future were announced Friday.

"These are excellent choices," said Emett Alvarez, a Victoria City Council member. "These people will bring all aspects of our community together in one room."

Alvarez, along with 25 other area leaders, will be forming a game plan for UHV as its programs and course offerings are transitioned out of University of Houston Sugar Land campus over the next two to five years.

Charles Alcorn, UHV director of corporate and foundation relations, was appointed the UHV Work Group Chairman by University of Houston System Chancellor Renu Khator.

The team will also work to determine how to separate UHV from its extension operations offered at the Houston Community College Katy, the University of Houston System-Cinco Ranch and the Lone Star College-Woodlands campuses.

Alcorn said the work group will discuss extending UHV's services to other areas in South Texas.

"Nothing is off the table right now," Alcorn said. "We're going to be working on how to best create a self-sustaining destination university."

However, UHV Interim President Raymond Victor Morgan Jr. said he doesn't see why UHV shouldn't be able to offer courses at other UH System campuses.

"I don't know of any other universities in the state that don't offer off-campus programs at other locations," Morgan said.

The first work group meeting will be open to the public, and the committee will submit a report to the UH System in October, according to a press release.

Two months ago, the UH System Board of Regents voted to remove UHV from the UH Sugar Land campus and transfer the UHV School of Nursing in Fort Bend County to its main campus, the University of Houston.

UHV Student Government Association President Moses Olukoya, who is also a member of the UHV work group, said students want to see more courses offered in Victoria.

"Because it's supposed to be a destination university," Olukoya said. "Ultimately, I think those extension programs will be phased out."

Alvarez, who is part of the work group's branding and vision subcommittee, said he's eager to see more young, college-educated professionals in Victoria.

"I want more folks to come study here and live here," Alvarez said. "It's the key to driving our local economy."

Alcorn, who appointed the members of the UHV Work Group, said he sought to create a diverse and passionate group of key community stakeholders.

"The group is close to being finalized," Alcorn said. "We're waiting on two additional confirmations."



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