Philanthropy matters for


Propelled by President Renu Khator’s bold initiative, Research Preeminence:
50 in 5, faculty will substantially expand the research enterprise at the University. This includes publications, citations, awards, casebooks, cited performances and research expenditures.

Humana and College of Medicine Partner for Health. The University of Houston and Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, have formed a long-term partnership. Together, they are creating the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute at the University of Houston, aligning the UH College of Medicine with the existing colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Graduate College of Social Work and Optometry. A $15 million gift over 10 years from Humana will fund endowed chairs for each of the five colleges and help UH fund the College of Medicine.

Eddie Green/Chad Collins Family Band Program Endowment Honors a Special Mentor. The impact of a relationship can transform lives, and thanks to a devoted father, a very special bond has been honored. After attending the University of Houston, Chad Collins (’96), an accomplished bass clarinet player, wanted to pay tribute to his former band director at UH, Eddie Green.

Grateful for the mentorship that his son received from Eddie Green, Chad’s father, Tommy Collins, established the Eddie Green/Chad Collins Family Band Program Endowment with a generous initial contribution that was matched by the UH Foundation at 50 percent. With additional matching funds leveraged, the gift will approach half a million dollars.

Bill Kendall and His Legacy at Hines College.The Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design has created its first-ever endowed professorship thanks to a $250,000 gift donated by Houston architecture firm, Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc. The Bill Kendall Memorial Endowed Professorship is a fitting legacy to the architecture firm’s owner, William (Bill) Doyle Kendall (’66, ’67).

The architect holding this endowed position will bolster the study of building materials and technology, spearhead new research and increase the College’s engagement with the architecture and engineering professional communities in Houston and beyond.

Anonymous Gift Elevates Creative Writing and CLASS to New Heights. The UH Creative Writing Program has been a crown jewel within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) for four decades. The prestigious program was recently enhanced with an anonymous $4 million gift—the single largest gift that CLASS has ever received. The gift comes at a period of unprecedented growth, expansion and opportunity for the College. The strategic investment includes funding for a Graduate Student Diversity Endowment, a CLASS Faculty Research Initiatives Endowment, a Creative Writing Program Graduate Student Community Partnership Endowment and two Endowed College Professorships in Creative Writing.