UH-D’s president makes influential list

UH-Downtown President William V. Flores was named to Hispanic Business magazine’s list of the top 100 influential Hispanic Americans.

‘I am honored to be selected as part of this very impressive group and for the recognition that it brings to the University of Houston-Downtown,’ Flores said in a press release.’ ‘We are working to make this university the best place for Hispanics and all Houstonians.’

Flores is included on the list with seven other people in the education category. ‘

Flores was appointed as the UH-D president earlier this year by the UH System’s Board of Regents.’

Prior to UH-D, Flores’ experiences included service as vice president and provost of New Mexico State University, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Cal State Northridge, and associate director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research at Stanford University.

‘He has conducted research projects in voting rights, community empowerment, higher education policy and violence prevention. He co-edited the book, Latino Cultural Citizenship,’ administrators said on the UH-D Web site.

Flores serves on the board of the Texas International Education Consortium and the board of the Houston Preparatory Academy, whose mission is to help poor students in Houston ISD to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics areas.

Flores was appointed to his position as president following a recommendation from UH President Renu Khator.

‘We are very fortunate to have found a leader of Dr. Flores’ caliber who is an excellent fit with the vision and mission of UH-D,’ Khator said. ‘He has a depth of experience in every category of specific interest for us.’

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