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The Pain in the UH to Tier I Process

Last night it was a love fest in one room of the library at the University of Houston’s main campus.

The new president and chancellor Renu Khator was up there in front of the special invited guests just prior to introducing the four new regents, and she was sharing her vision of what it will take for UH to move to Tier 1 status.

Everyone was doing the nods and giving the amens as she talked about the great work of the previous UH leaders and how the school is poised to move on to the next step, which it will do with an enthusiastic, energized board and everyone – legislators and common community folks alike – pitching in on the march to greatness.

Truth is, it was a bravura performance. Khator speaks almost flawlessly and extemporaneously. She’s charismatic and determined and you can hear the angel chorus in the background.

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She made a point of not forgetting the blue collar students who’ve been so much a part of UH’s history. They will not be left behind as UH becomes an even better institution, she pledged.

Absent from her speech, was any mention of the business she and the governing board attended to earlier in the day – namely hiking tuition and fees by almost 6 percent.

But looking at most of the crowd, perhaps that would have only affected the kid waiters and waitresses in the room. –- Margaret Downing

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