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The Division of Administration and Finance is dedicated to offering the highest quality customer service and to the successful delivery of efficient and effective operations designed to support the academic goals of our students, enrich their experience at UHCL, facilitate the efficient operation of other university divisions, and support the mission of the University. We strive for continuous process improvement, the professional and holistic development of our staff so they may fulfill their mission, and sustainable and resilient operations.



As leaders, we seek to demonstrate and help those within our division to follow these principles:

  • Know yourself and seek self-improvement
  • Be technically and tactically proficient
  • Develop a sense of responsibility among your subordinates
  • Make sound and timely decisions
  • Set the example
  • Know your people and look out for their welfare 
  • Keep your people informed 
  • Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions 
  • Ensure assigned tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished 
  • Train your people as a team
  • Employ your team in accordance with its capabilities

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Shirley Nilsen, Executive Assistant
Phone: 281-283-2111

Bayou Bldg, Suite 2317
2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston Texas 77058-1002

Mark Denney, Vice President for Administration and Finance

Mark Denney

Mark Denney joined University of Houston-Clear Lake as the Vice President for Administration and Finance in October, 2018.  He came to UHCL from Southern Oregon University where he served as the Associate Vice President for Budgets and Planning from 2014-2018.  Prior to that, Mr. Denney served as the Senior Budget Analyst at Mt Hood Community College just outside Portland Oregon.   

Prior to these positions, he was the Chief Business Officer at Salida Union School District and the Accounting Manager/Controller at Modesto City Schools, a public education district with over 30,000 students, both were in northern California.  He has also held positions from Senior Business Analyst, Plant Accountant and Plant Controller at multiple locations in Oregon and California with the manufacturing industry for fortune 500 companies.   

Mr. Denney's initial professional experience was in the United States Marine Corps where he served as a Financial Management Officer, initially overseeing payroll and travel, then progressing to serving as the Budget Officer/Comptroller for both the First Marine Division in Okinawa Japan and the First Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) at Camp Pendleton California.  Mr. Denney served 13 years on active duty and 12 years in the reserves before retiring in 2005 as a Lieutenant Colonel 

Mr. Denney holds a Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in Financial Management and Control and a Master Business Administration from Portland State University.