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William A. Staples, President

William A. StaplesWilliam A. Staples became the fourth president of University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1995. During Staples' tenure as president, UHCL has built vital partnerships, developed new academic programs and expanded the university's endowment. His leadership has set the stage for key initiatives that have taken the UHCL experience beyond the classroom and into the community.

As chief executive officer of UHCL, Staples works closely with university constituents including the UHCL Alumni Association Executive Council and the Community College Advisory Council. A strong advocate of the university's shared governance system, Staples serves as chair of the University Council, which includes representatives from the Faculty Senate, Professional and Administrative Staff Association, Support Staff Association and Student Government Association.

The most significant new initiative during Staples’ tenure for UH-Clear Lake occurred in fall 2014 when UHCL transitioned from an upper-level to a four-year university. Other major initiatives during his tenure include the establishment of the UHCL Pearland Campus in partnership with the City of Pearland, the introduction of UHCL’s first doctoral program in educational leadership, the offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in healthcare administration in the Texas Medical Center, and the increase in the university’s number of endowments from 74 in 1999 to 152 in 2014.

Staples joined UHCL in 1979 as an associate professor of marketing and was promoted to professor of marketing in 1984. Before his presidency, he served the School of Business as coordinator, program director, associate dean and dean. Staples earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Drake University in 1970, a master of business administration from University of Iowa in 1972, and a doctorate in business administration from University of Houston in 1977.

Office of the President

Offices directly reporting to the president include:

Carl A. Stockton, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Carl A. Stockton Carl A. Stockton joined University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2007 as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. In this role, Stockton has worked to advance UHCL's service as a partnership-oriented, community-minded institution by leading initiatives to address the university's affordability and accessibility, securing alternate funding sources and increasing technology in classrooms, distance learning and university operations.

Stockton came to UHCL from The University of Texas at Brownsville where he served as dean and Houston Endowed Chair for Education in the School of Education. While in Brownsville, Stockton led the school in acquiring more than $33 million in external funding and doubling enrollment in the School of Education. He successfully directed the university in creating its first doctoral program in education and established innovative partnerships with 14 area high schools to provide strategic direction and planning for curricular alignment and enrichment.

Previously, Stockton served as department chair for the Department of Health and Applied Human Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences at University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education from University of Tennessee and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Health Education from University of Florida. His educational interests include nutrition, health sciences and public health education.

Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Offices directly reporting to the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost include:

Michelle Dotter, Vice President for Administration and Finance

Michelle DotterMichelle Dotter joined University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1992. As vice president for administration and finance, Dotter oversees the management of financial, human and physical resources for the fulfillment of the university's mission.

Through long-range financial planning for the university, Dotter has provided a steady and consistent flow of resources to the university's schools and departments while minimizing the impact of annual budgetary fluctuations. One main area of focus for Dotter is working with the administrative leadership team to maximize the university's financial resources, which come from a variety of funding sources, in a way that promotes the forward movement of the institution.

Previously, Dotter was UHCL's assistant vice president of business services, overseeing the budget office, bookstore and insurance and risk management. Prior to that, she spent 12 years with University of Houston and the UH System serving as budget director, director of capital planning and as a liaison between UH and the UH System.

Dotter earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy from Memphis State University, now University of Memphis. She is a member of The Association of College and University Business Officers.

Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance

Divisions directly reporting to the vice president for Administration and Finance include:

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Flow-Cal receives Community Partnership Award

UHCL honored Flow-Cal Inc with the 2015 Community Partnership Award for all they do in collaboration with and in support of the university.


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