To the editor:
I was pleasantly surprised to see my photograph and accompanying story on the front page of The Daily Cougar (April 4). Thank you for the gesture.
There is one item of the story that is incorrect and does a disservice to UH. All my aging research is done here at UH in the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences (College of Pharmacy).
I was recruited from Baylor College of Medicine in 1990, and I maintain a faculty position at Baylor as a research professor in the section of Cardiovascular Sciences for ongoing collaborative studies. Though I started my career at Baylor, it has grown substantially since I came to UH. The decision to move to UH was one of the best ones I've made.
One of the benefits of my current position at UH is the ability to see the entire university as a whole. Last semester, I visited every college on campus. The visits opened my eyes to the depth and breadth of the variety of really good programs we have.
I also noticed that with some infusion of funds, we can really stand out and provide top-notch programs for our students.
I received my Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin at a time when UT was going through much of what we are now experiencing. UT was not a place of excellence in 1976, but it had some very good to excellent programs. With the infusion of funds and commitment on the part of the students, faculty, staff and administration, it now enjoys an excellent reputation and superb programs for its students.
I left the College of Pharmacy and my position as chairman of my department because my instincts told me this new administration was totally committed to the betterment of UH for our students, faculty and staff. And I would have the opportunity to make a difference for the institution I have grown to love and respect. I was not wrong.
The people in E. Cullen are the hardest-working group I've ever seen. They work long into the night, on the weekends and, frequently, you will see them here during the early morning hours starting the long work day at 4:30 a.m. And they understand the students' needs and concerns much more than you realize.
We may be geezers, but we do listen and comprehend. Change takes time and cannot happen all at once. Work with us and we can move mountains.
Charlotte A. Tate
vice provost for Academic Programs and Faculty Affairs