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Higher Education
University of Houston-Downtown
News Release
Thursday, July 21, 2011

UHD President names Lisa Montgomery as Vice President
for Student Success and Enrollment Management

HOUSTON – University of Houston-Downtown President Bill Flores announced the appointment of Lisa M. Montgomery as vice president for student success and enrollment management.

Her appointment, effective Aug. 12, is subject to ratification by the University of Houston System Board of Regents at its Aug. 17 meeting.

“We are very excited that Dr. Montgomery is joining UHD,” Flores said. “She has a proven record of achievement and leadership in the student affairs arena.”

Montgomery comes to UHD from Charlotte, N.C., where she served as vice present, enrollment services/student success for an urban, private liberal arts university. As the chief student affairs officer, she coordinated and implemented enrollment-related technology to improve operations and student service delivery.

“I am thrilled to be joining the University of Houston-Downtown….I was so impressed by the institution overall and specifically the vibrant energy of the faculty and staff as well as the focus and desire of the students with whom I interacted during my campus visit,” Montgomery said.

She has more than 20 years experience in higher education student affairs and student services. She has served as vice president of student development and enrollment management at Hostos Community College – City University of New York; dean of students, Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, Conn.; executive assistant to the vice president for student affairs, State University of New York, Stony Brook, N.Y., and dean of students at Kendall College, Evanston, Ill.

Michael Dressman, screening committee chair, associate vice president for academic affairs and vice provost, said “The search committee was impressed by the range of Dr. Montgomery’s experience and her knowledge of the current research on student success.

“During the interview process, Dr. Montgomery indicated that anytime a student has a problem, even if the problem is not directly in her area, she felt she must respond to help the student locate the best possible person to help solve the problem. That is consistent with our goal at UHD to do what we can to help students be successful.”

Montgomery has a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science degree in college administration from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with an English major from the University of Central Arkansas.

UHD is the second largest university in Houston and the 13th largest four-year, public university in Texas. One of the most ethnically diverse universities in the country, UHD ranks 36th nationally for graduating Hispanic students with bachelor's degrees and 47th  nationally for graduating African American students with bachelor's degrees. Approximately 2,000 students graduate from UHD each year.

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