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New semester, new opportunities

office of the president

August 28, 2019

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Welcome to the fall semester. And Happy New (fiscal) Year! We have many reasons to celebrate. Our campuses are teeming with new and returning students, we opened Hunter Hall, our first on-campus residence hall – and we begin our 45th year of service to the families, industries and communities of the Gulf Coast region.

UH-Clear Lake was created to serve the educational and research needs of NASA, which brought new families into the area, spawned new businesses and created economic engines that fueled our communities, our state and nation.

From Day One, UHCL has been the solution: training engineers, scientists, astronauts, educators, counselors, accountants, managers, civic leaders and others who helped build this thriving, diverse corner of America.

Forty-five years later, our students face even bigger opportunities: They will be the generation responsible for creating environmental, economic and social sustainability and resiliency, using the knowledge, creativity, critical-thinking skills and ethics they will develop here by our instruction and care.

While we each play our respective parts, I ask you to keep in mind that we all share the same mission, which hasn’t changed:

We are still the solution.


Ira K. Blake, Ph.D.