University of Houston-Clear Lake President William A. Staples has named Associate Vice President for Information Resources A. Glen Houston interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, effective July 1.
The position was left vacant by Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Carl A. Stockton who resigned from UHCL at the end of June to become chancellor for Auburn University at Montgomery in Montgomery, Ala.
“Dr. Houston has been with the university since 1985 and offers a breadth of knowledge and expertise to this interim role,” said Staples. “UHCL is fortunate to have someone like Dr. Houston ready to step into such an important position.”
Houston joined University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1985 to serve as founding director of the former Research Institute for Computing and Information Systems and as an assistant professor of computer science. From 1993 to 2000, Houston served as division chair for Computing and Mathematics. He was selected as associate vice president for information resources in 2000 after serving in that position in an interim role for four months.
As associate vice president, he supervises six areas including University Computing and Telecommunications; the Alfred R. Neumann Library; the Environmental Institute of Houston; Online Programs; and UHCL Pearland Campus Operations. Houston continues to serve on the faculty in the School of Science and Computer Engineering as a professor of computer science and statistics.
Among his most recent accomplishments is his leadership with the OmniUpdate project and the development of the new UHCL website scheduled to launch later this year. A collaboration between University Computing and Telecommunications and University Communications, this university-wide project includes consolidating and updating many web pages and the creation of an intranet. Houston has also worked with the Office of Online Programs and University Computing and Telecommunications to migrate online programs and courses from the WebCT platform to Blackboard, while increasing the number of online courses offered for students.
In his role as associate vice president for information resources, he represents Academic Affairs on all construction projects including the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Building and the Recreation and Wellness Building at UHCL as well as the Health Sciences Building at UHCL Pearland Campus. His work with UHCL Pearland Campus has included oversight of operations for the satellite campus since its creation in 2010.
Houston holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Mathematics from McNeese State University and a doctoral degree in mathematical statistics from Southern Methodist University.
Offices directly reporting to the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost include the Office of Academic Affairs; Office of Enrollment Management; Office of Information Resources; Office of Student Services; and Deans from the Schools of Education, Business, Science and Computer Engineering, and Human Sciences and Humanities.
“I look forward to taking on new challenges and expanding on plans that Dr. Stockton already has in place,” said Houston. “UHCL continues to present new opportunities. I’m excited about the future.”
Houston will serve as interim until a permanent replacement is found during a nationwide search.