Mayor says Houston is the pinnacle of professionalism
Mayor Annise Parker told a crowd of more than 100 on Tuesday that she felt Houston was the bellwether of professionalism.
“If you do an Internet search, you’ll find list after list where Houston is the top this and the top that,” Parker said. “We’re the most robust in economies worldwide. We’re the best place for young professionals. We’re the best place to start a career.”
“Houston is the single best destination for the relocation of professionals.”
The Faculty Senate meeting was combined with the UH Spring Faculty Assembly at noon Tuesday in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion of the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library and honored the mayor, President and Chancellor Renu Khator and Interim Senior Vice Chancellor Paula Short as speakers.
Parker said that although she had no control of Houston’s educational politics, she was vying for UH, its faculty and its students.
“UH and Rice are aggressively bringing young people from around the world. They are conecting us to the rest of the world, which only strengthens the greater Houston economy,” she said.
“Having the University of Houston as a first-class research university not only brings opportunities, but is a selling point that we use when we go market the city.”
The biggest concern, according to both Parker and Khator, is ensuring a place in society for young adults after graduation from college.
“The challenge for Houston is that if we attract the best and the brightest from all over the world, we have to make sure that our own kids are able to compete: a serious challenge confronting all of us as we move into the future, and one without an easy solutions, one that a lot of the best minds in this city have begun to focus upon,” Parker said.
The only solution Parker said was readily available, was to ensure the healthiness of Houstonians, so that they might be able to reach their goals.
“In order for all of us to have the future we want, jobs and the economy we want, we have to make sure that we are healthy enough to enjoy the economic fruit,” Parker said.
Also on the meeting agenda was an update of Faculty Senate activities and a presentation from of the UH Grievance Committee slate. A concern brought up several times was the need for the renovation of Cullen Boulevard.