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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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Posted By Dr. Bob Glenn, Friday, October 19, 2018
Updated: Friday, October 19, 2018

 

Dr. Bob GlennWelcome to what I hope will be a regular weekly blog to detail my “freshman year” at the University of Houston-Victoria. Just like members of our UHV freshman class, I packed all my worldly belongings into cardboard boxes and moved them into a rental here in Victoria. I’ve now begun the process of getting to know the university and the community. (I have enjoyed rediscovering Texas barbecue, which I have had to live without for many years, at places like Mumford’s and the Fire Pit. I know there are many other good places I have yet to visit. Perhaps you would like to suggest your favorite.) As I start this blog, I plan to focus on what I am learning about my new home. As we get to know one another, I will focus on what I think is the vision for the university’s future and, I hope, also a vision for Victoria’s future.

 

I can start by saying that Laurie and I think that we have come to a great place to make our new home. UHV is at a dynamic point in its history, and there are great things in store for our future. The university community could not have been more gracious and warm in welcoming us here and expressing confidence in our abilities. And the larger community also has been open, cordial and welcoming. We have been impressed with not only the way folks have welcomed us to town, but also the enthusiasm natives and newcomers alike have for living here. We are excited about our future in our new hometown.

 

And there is good work to be done at the university. I am encouraged by the caliber of professionals I have encountered across campus. It is clear that people feel strong loyalty to this institution and are ready to do their part in working to make UHV the best university it can be. The goal of making UHV a Destination University is doable. The goal of having 6,000 students on the Victoria campus can be accomplished. At the same time, Katy and its immediate area will be experiencing significant growth. I believe this also will result in a substantial increase in enrollment at UHV Katy. It will require a great deal of hard work, and there will be difficult decisions and hard choices to make. I believe this is a faculty and staff who are willing to do both. I cannot do it alone. But we can do it together. I look forward to the adventure. Here, We Go! 

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