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William A. Staples, President

William A. Staples, presidentWilliam 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 HoustonA. 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 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.

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 colleges 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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Last updated: 11/05/2016 UTC
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