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Ira K Blake
Message from the President
Serving as the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s president since 2017 has been a privilege. I’ve had the honor of seeing thousands of students proudly cross the stage to receive their diplomas as they confidently take the next step in their academic or professional journey, celebrated the addition of each innovative program, center and initiative with staff and faculty, and witnessed the UH-Clear Lake family succeed in the face of unforeseen personal and professional challenges.
Strategic Plan
Public education, at every level, has the scale potential not only to continue transforming millions of individual lives, but also in terms of collective impact...the scale potential to transform our communities into a more caring, healthier, more prosperous interconnected society for all of us.

- Ira K. Blake, Ph.D., President of University of Houston-Clear Lake
University of Houston-Clear Lake Impact 2025 and Beyond Strategic Plan

President Ira K. Blake

Ira Kincade Blake, Ph.D., is the first woman and first African-American president of University of Houston-Clear Lake, one of the region's top public universities.

With an educational background in psychology and extensive experience as an educator and leader, President Blake is focused on inclusive learning and creating leadership opportunities.

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Office of the President Staff

Webster Berenice D
Berenice Webster
Executive Associate to the President

Nixon Jacqueline
Jacqueline Nixon
Executive Assistant

Olguin Juan
Juan Olguin
Division Business Administrator

Student Professionals

Student professionals are an important part of the President's vision-building process. Encouragement of respect for diversity, believing in the entrepreneurial spirit of individuals, and nurturing their growth are amongst the core values of the president. Student professionals work assists students in embarking on a lifelong journey of self-discovery and improvement.

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Nayak Uthpala
Uthpala Nayak

Arsiema Gherahtu
Arsiema Gherahtu


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