HOUSTON, — Pearland leaders accepted the top award for the city during University of Houston-Clear Lake President William A. Staples’ Report to the Community breakfast in March. On hand to accept the 2008 Community Partnership Award was Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, who was joined by Pearland Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Fred Welch and City Manager Bill Eisen.
“We are honoring the City of Pearland this year for their partnership with UH-Clear Lake to develop a UH-Clear Lake branch campus in Pearland,” said Staples. “This public-public partnership will initially result in the construction of a 30,000-square-foot facility to be built in Pearland at the intersection of Pearland Parkway and McHard Road on a 40-acre tract of land.
“I want to express UH-Clear Lake’s appreciation to Mayor Tom Reid, City Manager Bill Eisen and Pearland Economic Development Corporation’s Executive Director Fred Welch for their collaboration and cooperation in this initiative. I also want to thank the members of Pearland City Council and the officers of Pearland Economic Development Council.”
In addition to presenting the award, Staples recognized the accomplishments of the university during the past year, including the addition of several new degrees and faculty grants. He also spoke of key initiatives taking place at the university through partnerships with corporations, individuals, alumni, cities, foundations and employees. Among those initiatives is UH-Clear Lake Distinguished Alumna Sandy Johnson and Barrios Technology’s support through the establishment of the first endowed professorship in educational leadership in the School of Education. He also noted that alumni from the family therapy program worked together to establish the George Pulliam Distinguished Faculty Fellowship and the Linda Bell Endowed Scholarship in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Other speakers at the event included UH-Clear Lake Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Carl A. Stockton and UH-Clear Lake alumna and City of Pearland Public Affairs Manager Mattie Culver. Stockton spoke about the demand for education.
“Recently, in examining the educational attainment of the population of both Pearland and Clear Lake, we discovered that almost two-thirds, 66 percent of the population, do not have a four-year college degree,” said Stockton. “I must say it was shocking to me. My goal as a chief academic officer is to provide as many opportunities to educate our population as possible.”
Stockton continued by naming the many university programs that have received national accreditation and concluded his talk by speaking of the enthusiasm of opening the branch campus in Pearland.
“UH-Clear Lake is excited about bringing many quality programs to the branch campus in Pearland,” said Stockton before listing the programs that would be offered in Pearland. “Again, I want to thank the City of Pearland and everyone involved in helping this vision become a reality.”
Culver addressed the group of approximately 120 by offering an “ode” to UH-Clear Lake. While using the UHCL acronym, Culver spoke fondly of the Understanding and Help she experienced when she was a student, the first-Class education she received and the Lovely way her life has been since graduating from UH-Clear Lake.
“As someone who lives and works in Pearland, I am absolutely thrilled that this first-class institution has honored Pearland by choosing to establish a campus in our town,” said Culver. “Our citizens – who will become future UH-Clear Lake students – have been presented with a rare and unique opportunity that will return to them a wealth of good fortune.”
Staples concluded the breakfast by thanking the business leaders, students, faculty and community friends who support the university.
“Thank you very much for your ongoing support of UH-Clear Lake and your life-changing investments in our students, faculty, academic programs and our community,” said Staples. Referring to the theme of the report – My UHCL – he added, “Thank you for making UH-Clear Lake your university.”
The sponsor for this year’s Report to the Community breakfast was the Pearland Economic Development Corporation, with floral arrangements donated in part by Clear Lake Flowers.
Since 1974, UH-Clear Lake has provided higher education opportunities to students in the Bay Area. The university offers upper-level courses leading to bachelor’s degrees in more than 30 fields of study, master’s degrees in more than 40 fields of study and a doctoral degree.
For more information about UH-Clear Lake, visit http://www.uhcl.edu. To obtain a copy of the Report to the Community, call 281-283-2015 or visit http://www.uhcl.edu/annualreport for an online version of the report.