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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 158 in 2016.

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.

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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 the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost after serving almost four years at University of Texas at Brownsville’s College of Education as dean and Houston Endowed Chair in Education. During his tenure as provost, Stockton has worked with the UHCL community to increase enrollment by 18 percent over a seven-year period. Under his leadership, the university received two doctoral programs, opened a nursing program and launched the four-year initiative, which led to the addition of freshman and sophomore students for the first time in the university’s history. During Stockton’s time as provost, the university received Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in both Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships. The university also earned recognition on the national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for six years in a row.

During his 32-year career in higher education, Stockton has acquired more than $35 million in external funding. He has also been recognized by his peers with several national honors and awards. Stockton has been awarded a place in the Alumni Hall of Fame from the University of Florida and received the Houston Endowed Chair in Education, the National Health Education Professional Administrator of the Year Award and the Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education Award. He also received the Honorary Fellows Award from the American Association for Health Education.

Stockton serves on the board of directors for the Space Center Rotary Club and the Rotary Foundation Board. He is also a member of the education committee of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership.

Other administrative roles held by Stockton include department chair of health and applied human sciences in the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s College of Arts and Sciences and department chair of exercise, sport and health education in Radford University’s College of Education and Human Development.

His distinguished career features progressive levels of community involvement and achievement as an educator, researcher and author. Professional associations include membership in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association for Health Education and the American Council on Education.

Stockton holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Health Education from the University of Florida and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education from the University of Tennessee.

Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

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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

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UHCL honored Pearland Chamber of Commerce with the 2016 Community Partnership Award for all they do in collaboration with and in support of the university.

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2016 President's Report

View the 2016 President's Report for a snapshot of the university’s revenue and key initiatives during the past year.

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