University Council


University Council (UC) shall be the Shared Governance committee that will make final recommendations to the university president.  Recommendations will come to the UC from the provost or the other Shared Governance committees.

The UC may approve, amend or disapprove the recommendations it receives. Should a recommendation be amended substantially or disapproved, it will be returned to the referring committee for reconsideration.  The committee may amend the recommendation as requested or refer it back to UC with comments.  All matters forwarded by UC constitute recommendations to the president.  All final decisions on any such changes remain within the purview of the president.

Meetings are held monthly, usually on the second Thursday of the month.

Committee Structure and Voting Members

The chair of University Council is the UHCL President.

Voting Members of the council are:

President:  Ira K. Blake – Chair

Interim Provost:  Glen Houston

Interim VP for Administration and Finance: Usha Mathew

Interim AVP for Academic Affairs: Kathryn Matthew    

AVP for Enrollment Management: Yvette Bendeck  

AVP for Student Services: Darlene Biggers   

AVP for Information Resources: Glen Houston      

AVP for Finance: Usha Mathew      

AVP for Facilities Management and Construction: Ward Martaindale    

AVP for University Advancement:  Rhonda Thompson   

Academic Deans (4):  

Faculty Senate Executive Committee (8):  

Shared Governance Committee Chairs:   

University Staff Association (USA) President:  Marlene Richards    

Contact Information

Chair: President Ira K. Blake

Staff Support: Executive Assistant to the President, Berenice Webster