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Chancellor Dean

I wonder how much The Dean gets paid for running the UH System?

A few days ago, the Chron reported UH was going to require incoming freshmen – with exceptions of course – to live on campus.

The Dean’s assistant, Vice Chancellor Renu Khator, apparently forgot to tell The Dean and that set him off. The Dean was definitely stern and his assistant was – well you check it out and decide for yourself. As they say, it’s good to be king!

Here is a series of texts between the two that the Chron published today (How did they get the texts anyway?):

Excerpts of text messages exchanged Saturday between University of Houston Chancellor and President Renu Khator and state Sen. John Whitmire of Houston:

8:45 a.m.

Khator: You will read about UH requiring freshmen living outside 20-mile radius and not married to live on campus. Easy waivers to others. It is to change the culture and create new expectation. Applies only to full time freshmen. Darrin (Darrin Hall, UH director of governmental relations) sent our statement to your office yesterday.

Whitmire: Sounds like we need to talk. I think you have overstepped on this one. Expect lots of push back.

Khator: Waiver is for anyone who gives any reason at all – any reason including financial, religious, family. Eleven other universities in Texas (not UT and A&M) are successfully using them. Students are fully supportive.
Whitmire: You and somebody did not think this through.

Khator: It is on board agenda. Has not been done yet. Will think more so we do the right thing.

9:15 a.m.

Whitmire: I would like to know who came up with this. I will stop dead and pass leg if I need to.

Khator: I am sorry to have disappointed you.

(Whitmire and Khator have a phone conversation, then the texts resume.)

10:05 a.m.

Khator: Are you still upset? The issue was going only as information/option to board and I have already killed any further consideration on it. Can you please not forgive? Is there anything I can do to ensure you it is killed from consideration? You are the best critic/friend I have so I killed it on Saturday itself.

Whitmire: Well the (Chronicle) article really set me back. It is so unfounded with lack of realism of the people I represent and UH serves that I am not going to stop until your administration understands their mission. Furthermore you totally mishandled presenting this to me and legislators.

10:49 a.m.

Khator: We will learn. Media has misled everyone by portraying it as if it done deal. They love to create sensation and we were idiots to allow it.

Anyway, it is now killed even from consideration and we will listen and learn. Thank you.

Blame it on the media! You gotta be kidding!

The one I feel for in this is Ty Wiggintonner’s Brother.

What is the lesson in this? The last thing you ever want to say to The Dean is: I am sorry to have disappointed you.

Chris Carter had dinger number 30 last night and it was a sweet one. A three run dinger on a 3-0 pitch in the top of the ninth that broke a 4-4 tie with the Yankees. We won it 7-4. When was the last time a ‘Stro had 30 dingers in a season?

Next up for The Dean is approving the new band uniforms. Then he has to decide VIP seating charts for the new football stadium before the opening kickoff next week. Then he has to review law school applicants for the 2015 class. Whew! It is good to be king!

Guv Dude went off and had ice cream yesterday after checking in. Just part of the PR strategy I guess.

In 2007, The Big Puma had 34 dingers and El Caballo had 32 of course.

Hey, we’ve taken 3 out of 4 from the Yankees this season!

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