University of Houston President Renu Khator spent the morning touring Melcher Hall and meeting with C.T. Bauer College of Business Dean Arthur Warga, department chairs and staff leaders on her 77th day on the job.
Khator said she was taken by how enthusiastic students were about Bauer programs and people.
“It’s obvious the students are very proud of their facility, and the way they compliment the faculty is very impressive,” she told department chairs after the tour.
In a wide-ranging discussion that took place in Bauer’s third floor executive conference room, she singled out the business school for already starting down the path that the University must travel if it is to succeed in its bid to become one of the nation’s top research universities.
“We’re counting a whole lot on Bauer College. You are the innovators,” she said.
Each college will be asked to develop a strategic plan to help UH reach its goals , Khator said. Campus wide, there will be a push to improve infrastructure and to treat students like the valued customers they are, an approach already in practice at Bauer, which recently opened a concierge desk in the main lobby as part of its outreach efforts.
Khator also commented on Bauer’s role as a bridge to the community, and suggested that expanding that approach can help UH achieve the high profile it deserves.
“You’ve got to get synergistic with your surroundings,” she said.
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.
About the Bauer College of Business
The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.