Regent to take lead in effort to help UH reach flagship status
Welcome W. Wilson Sr. has dedicated his former position as Board of Regents Chairman to the campaign of UH’s drive to flagship status.
Wilson was appointed in 2006 and held the title for three terms, the last which ended in August.
In his last year on the board, UH President Renu Khator has appointed Wilson to chair UH’s “Drive to Tier One.” The Houston community is also a major factor in the University’s pathway to becoming a flagship university.
“We should reach our objective in the next five to seven years,” Wilson said.
The state of Texas currently only has two public flagship institutions, Texas A&M University and University of Texas at Austin.
If UH does reach its goal, more doors will be opened for students and more money will be funded towards research and certain programs.
According to a UH news release, The National Research Council reports that UH has ranked higher than any other Texas university in doctoral research programs.
The NCR also shows that UH is receiving recognition for having some of the top-performing grad school programs in Texas as well — including civil engineering, biochemistry and clinical psychology.
“I am more than confident in leaving my position in 2011,” Wilson said. “All of the regents speak as one, and we have a common goal to work together for UH to become a (flagship) institution.”