Juan Muñoz has been named the sole finalist for the presidency of University of Houston-Downtown, according to a UHD news release.
Muñoz currently serves as vice provost for undergraduate education and student affairs and senior vice president for institutional diversity, equity and community engagement at Texas Tech. Muñoz will fill in for UHD Interim President Michael Olivas, who was appointed to the position by University of Houston System Chancellor Renu Khator in February, according to the release.
“Under Dr. Munoz’s leadership, Texas Tech has made significant progress in areas of diversity, student success and community engagement. Texas Tech is a better institution because of his contributions," Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said in an email. "He has been a wonderful colleague and a dear friend, and I will miss working with him. Juan (Muñoz) is most deserving of this wonderful opportunity, and I am happy for him."
A national search was chaired by UH-Clear Lake President William Staples to fill the UHD presidency, according to the release. Texas law requires that 21 days must pass before the UH System Board of Regents can formalize the appointment.
“University of Houston-Downtown plays a vital role in our UH System’s overall delivery of higher education resources to this region," Khator said in the release. "We are fortunate to have an experienced educator and inspiring administrator of Dr. Muñoz’s caliber lead this institution.”
Muñoz joined Tech as an associate professor in the College of Education in 2004 and served as a special assistant to the president, according to the release. He joined the provost’s office in 2006 and has earned various leadership positions during his tenure at Tech, including becoming senior vice president for institutional diversity, equity and community engagement in 2009. Muñoz was named vice provost in 2010.
"I am very grateful to the Board of Regents and Chancellor Khator for this remarkable opportunity to be part of this dynamic institution and system to further set a standard of educational excellence that will serve as a model for the country," Muñoz said in the article.