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UHCL Administrative Leadership

Leadership at UHCL

Leaders at University of Houston-Clear Lake take to heart its mission of offering high-quality instruction and nationally accredited academic programs so students can develop vital critical thinking, creative, quantitative, leadership and communication skills. The administration and academic leaders have developed cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship, thanks to a shared vision for excellence and sustained growth. UHCL strives to fulfill its commitment to create a campus that makes the needs, interests and success of its students its top priorities.

UHCL Administration

Administrative and academic leadership of UHCL comprises three primary units:

  • Office of the President – The public face of the university, while providing the necessary leadership for all activities, goals and directives.
  • Academic Affairs and Provost – The leading voice for the faculty and students in all academic matters and concerns
  • Administration and Finance – The driver for day-to-day operations related to budget, human resources, campus safety and more
  Office of the President

Dr. Ira Kincade Blake became University of Houston-Clear Lake’s fifth president in August 2017 following an extensive nationwide search.

Blake joined UH-Clear Lake after serving as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs since 2009 at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, one of 14 regional institutions in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. She established a strong reputation as a leader through her many accomplishments. 

Direct report offices include:

  • Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
  • Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance.
  • Office of University Marketing and Communications.
  • Office of University Advancement, which includes:
  Academic Affairs and Provost

Dr. Steven J. Berberich became the new senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost in July 2018. He previously served as the associate provost for faculty and staff affairs, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, for five years.

Dr. Berberich now presides over key functions at UHCL, including providing leadership for the deans of all four colleges. 

Direct report offices include:

  • Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs.
  • Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management.
  • Associate Vice President, Student Success and Initiatives.
  • Assistant Vice President, Global Strategies & Learning/SIO.
  • Environmental Institute of Houston.
  • Neumann Library.
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake at Pearland Operations.
  • University Computing and Telecommunications.
  • Deans from the College of Education, College of Business, College of Science and Engineering, and College of Human Sciences and Humanities.
  Administration and Finance

In 2018, Mark Denney became the vice president for Administration and Finance. Prior to joining the team, he served in various leadership roles, including his time as the chief business officer at Salida Union in northern California. He also served 13 years on active duty and 12 years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2005.

His primary responsibilities include organization of all matters financial and operational for the campus.

Direct report offices include:

  • Office of the Budget.
  • Office of Facilities, Management and Construction.
  • Office of Finance.
  • Office of Human Resources.
  • Office of Environmental, Health and Safety.
  • University Police.