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Robert K. “Bob” Glenn has spent more than three decades in higher education, serving students throughout. He became the 10th president of the University of Houston-Victoria on Aug. 1, 2018. Prior to moving to Victoria with his wife, Laurie, he served as the 36th president of Athens State University for 10 years. Glenn also was vice president for student affairs and vice provost for enrollment and academic services at Middle Tennessee State University (1999-2008) and dean of students at Missouri State University (1993-1999). His “A Jaguar Journey” blog is intended to provide members of the UHV faculty, staff and student body, as well as alumni and members of the community, a direct connection to what he is doing as the new UHV president. Readers are encouraged to share their views and ideas by posting to the comments section.  

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Being busy means great things are happening at UHV

Posted By Dr. Bob Glenn, Monday, April 15, 2019


I recently was searching through a website about quotes, and I came across a section about the subject of being busy. I encountered many expected quotes. Quotes about the difference between being “busy” and being “productive.” Quotes about not being so wrapped up in being busy that we lose sight of the things most important in our lives, like relationships. But the thing I found most interesting was the number of quotes by people from a wide range of fields about the joy of being busy. In some cases, they were from people who waited a long time for the recognition in their fields that now made them busy. In some cases, they were from people who just enjoy doing, rather than being idle. In whatever case, it is worth noting that while being busy can wear you out, it also can be a cause for delight.


As I looked at my calendar for the next two weeks, I am hopeful that I can find the joy in being busy because we have three very important searches coming to fruition all at the same time. This week, we will have three candidates interviewing for our vacant provost position. A committee comprised primarily of faculty has been working since December to advertise the position, receive the applications, sort through the possibilities and pick the best possible candidates to bring to campus. I commend the committee on a job well done. You can read about those finalists here. Looking over the group of finalists, I am excited about the future of this institution. It says a great deal for us that we can attract candidates of this caliber, and it also speaks for our potential when you stop to think about what they can help us accomplish.


At the same time, we also have three candidates coming to campus to interview for our vacant vice president for enrollment management position. An equally dedicated group of campus professionals has been working since December to bring us to this moment in time. And again, when I look at the finalists, I am excited about our potential to grow as a destination university.


And we will have two candidates visiting campus to interview for our vacant dean of the School of Business Administration position. Once again, a focused and dedicated committee worked long hours to bring us to this juncture. The committee has been very successful in identifying exceptional candidates for this opportunity. The committee originally identified three candidates, but one of them already has been snatched away by another university.


So, the next two weeks will be very, very busy! My calendar is full from early in the morning to late each evening. But this is the kind of busy that makes one glad to be alive and engaged in good work. I know that everyone reading this is busy, as well, but I hope UHV faculty, staff and students will take the time to visit with these candidates. In addition, I encourage community members in both Victoria and Katy to attend the public forums for the provost finalists. The public forums are important aspects of this process because they give everyone a chance to see and hear the candidates. Of equal importance, however, is that the forums give the candidates a chance to see and engage with our community. I would encourage you to join in and hear what the candidates have to say.


All of this will be occurring on a campus that already was buzzing like a beehive. With three new buildings going up, it is impossible not to be excited by our future. Just this week, I had the opportunity to tour the University Commons student center as it nears completion. In just a few short weeks, the library will begin moving into the facility, and it should be open to the campus this summer. The framing for the new Don and Mona Smith Hall is going up and should be complete in about six weeks. Once the framing is done, construction on the residence hall will move ahead steadily. And the construction crew is nearly finished putting into place more than 200 foundation piers for the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Building. The foundation and vertical structure will not be far behind.


So if being busy makes you happy, we all should be very happy at UHV. We are in an exceptionally dynamic time in our development and history. Great things are in the future for us. I am excited about what lies ahead. I hope you are as well.

Tags:  busy  enrollment management  provost  School of Business Administration  University Commons 

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Trip to China expands opportunities for UHV

Posted By Dr. Bob Glenn, Thursday, December 13, 2018


Just after Thanksgiving, I had the opportunity to travel to China along with David Cockrum, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Jifu Wang, associate dean of the School of Business Administration, on behalf of the university. It was my first visit to both China and Asia, and it was a wonderful experience. We were there to visit with Chairman Bingxin Wu, founder of Sanzhu Hi-tech Enterprise, the Shandong Institute of Commerce and Technology and the Shandong Jinluban Group. I found the country to be beautiful and the people to be warm and hospitable. It was a great week for me and for the university.


Chairman Wu is an old friend of UHV and received an honorary degree from the university in 2016. He owns and operates a successful set of companies that produce health products and cosmetics, all of which are completely natural. He also is a well-known economist, known for his theory of Consumption Economics. In addition to signing a Memorandum of Understanding for our institutions to continue to engage in an international exchange program where our students have an opportunity to study at his institute, Chairman Wu is committed to helping support the cost of attendance for our students and support for our School of Business Administration faculty.


Next came a visit to Shandong Institute of Commerce and Technology. The institute is interested in establishing a program for the exchange of students between the two institutions, as well as for UHV to recruit students from their ranks to come here to finish their degree programs. SICT also has a strong interest in the possibility of our faculty teaching on its campus for short terms. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed to explore the opportunities.


And finally, we met with the officers of the Shandong Jinluban Group. This group is a multibillion-dollar corporation that has experienced steady growth during recent years and has a strong interest in working with us to recruit Chinese students to study at UHV. Interestingly, one of the principal vice presidents, James Ma, is an alumnus and is both excited and enthusiastic about our prospects of creating a pipeline of Chinese students from that province of his country. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed, and I look forward to working with the Jinluban group in the coming year.


I am convinced since arriving at UHV that there are many opportunities for us to expand this institution. I am even more convinced now that I see the opportunities that exist for us to grow in ways that I had not anticipated. We already have about 180 international students, and I am optimistic about our prospect of extending our impact and increasing our influence around the world. This is a dynamic time in the history of the institution, and I am very proud to play a part. I hope you are as well.

Tags:  Bingxin Wu  China  Jinluban  School of Business Administration  UHV 

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