UHCL Administrative Leadership
William A. Staples, President
William 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.
Office of the President
Offices directly reporting to the president include:
A. Glen Houston, Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
A. Glen Houston joined University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1985 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
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
Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Offices directly reporting to the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost
Michelle Dotter, Vice President for Administration and Finance
Michelle 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