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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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Young professionals discuss ways to make Victoria ‘destination town’

Posted By Dr. Bob Glenn, Friday, June 21, 2019

 

My wife, Laurie, and I recently were privileged to host 30 young professionals to begin the conversation about developing a young professionals’ network in Victoria. We had engineers from area plants; faculty and staff from UHV, Victoria College and Victoria Independent School District; lawyers; accountants; entrepreneurs; and nonprofit directors. It was a strong representation of the people who are the lifeblood of Victoria’s future. These people have made a deliberate choice to come here and create a life for themselves. That’s exciting to be around because it will have a tremendous impact on all of us.

 

I explained to the group that the university is committed to being a catalyst in getting the young professionals’ network up and running. As I have said before, my mission as UHV’s president is to make UHV a destination university. In my view, part of making UHV a destination involves making Victoria a destination. And part of making Victoria a destination means ensuring there is a healthy and nurturing environment for young professionals so that when they come here, they will decide to stay. That led me to invite this exceptional group of professionals to begin the conversation about what is needed and where we go from here.

 

In terms of what is needed, the group mentioned a number of things that will really help young professionals, as well as everybody else. Interestingly, but not surprisingly, there were a number of things mentioned in this group that have been expressed in other conversations we are having with the community. Among those issues was mention of a reliable and more comprehensive calendar with accurate information about what is happening in Victoria and the region. Gathering spaces, particularly a dog park, were seen as a real need. Making the city a place where people can both walk and bike is seen as a plus by those who want to maintain their fitness. Gatherings to allow young professionals to meet and network with other young professionals are highly desirable. This was especially evident when, during the course of a lively conversation, there were several comments along the lines of “I don’t know any of these people!” and “Where have you people been since I came here?”

 

In terms of what to do next, it was the clear preference of the group to move forward to build this network. The group has chosen the third Tuesday of the month as the regular meeting time for those interested in connecting with this effort. That means the group will next meet on July 16. We will find a spot where the group can gather, fellowship together and then talk business. If you have an interest in connecting with the group, the best way to do so in the near future is to send me an email at glennrk@uhv.edu. We hope to put together a website or Facebook page soon to allow folks to find us. Keep an eye on this blog for more to come.

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Creating destination campus requires destination community

Posted By Dr. Bob Glenn, Friday, February 1, 2019

 

One of the most important responsibilities of a university president is to be a leader. But it is important to remember that the duty to lead is not confined to just campus. A university and the community in which it is located are inextricably intertwined. Whatever is good for the university is good for the community. And whatever is good for the community is also good for the university.

 

Consequently, as I have contemplated my work here, I have been spending part of my time thinking about what needs to be done in Victoria in addition to what needs to be done on campus.

 

My charge from the chancellor is to make UHV a “destination campus.” While I still am trying to get a clear vision of exactly what that means, one thing is crystal clear. For UHV to be a destination, we have to have a place where potential students will be excited about spending three to four years of their lives. And that means that Victoria itself has to become more of a destination.

 

In talking with area industry leaders, I found that they face a similar struggle. They are not trying to attract college students, but they are trying to recruit young professionals to this area. Many have expressed frustration that they can get a young professional to come to this area, but more often than not, they don’t stay. Quality of life is almost always the reason they leave.

 

I want to be clear that I am not suggesting that Victoria does not have the quality of life amenities to attract and retain residents. My wife and I, as new residents, have been delighted with what we have found here. But we are not young professionals or students. In my view, there is work to be done to make Victoria more vibrant. The university has a role to play in making that happen.

 

Toward that end, I have begun meeting with a small group of community leaders. We have talked about past efforts that have come and gone. And we have talked about the best way we can move forward, here and now. Naturally, this group will need to expand over time, and we need to bring more voices into the conversation. And that is the point of this post. If you care about Victoria and are willing to be a part of the discussion, please let me know. There is enough work that will need to be done on campus and in the community to keep a large cadre of committed volunteers busy for a very long time.

 

A saying that always has meant a great deal to me over the years is one by Reinhold Niebuhr. He said, “There is no greater sinner than the man who does nothing because he cannot do it all.” I fully realize that making UHV and Victoria a “destination” is an accomplishment that will not be achieved during my tenure. Work such as this takes many years to finish. But I – we – can make a good start. We can do the work that is in front of us knowing that it will lead to the desired result. I am committed to dedicating my time, efforts and resources to this work, and I will commit the university to help in the effort in every way that is prudent and appropriate. I hope that some of you who are reading this now will be willing to make the same commitment. If you are, please drop me a line at glennrk@uhv.edu. I would be delighted to bring you into the conversation.

 

In the coming weeks, I will be sharing with you more thoughts about this topic, and in particular, I want to share a book I am reading that I believe is on-point. It is called “Our Towns” by James and Deborah Fallows. You might want to check it out. More to come. 

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