Trustees approve post, scholarship funds

$10 million committed to fund scholarships in Fox, STHM.

Fox School of Business and the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management will use carry-over funds to establish endowed scholarships for students in both schools.

In a move approved at last week’s Board of Trustees Executive Committee meeting, more than $10 million will be used to create an annual funding stream of $180,000 for Fox students and $67,500 for STHM students. The endowed scholarships will focus on honor students and graduate masters programs.

In an email to school officials, Moshe Porat, dean of Fox, said he would like to enhance the provost’s plan to provide scholarships based on SAT averages in order to “increase the academic quality of students selecting the Fox and STHM schools.”

The committee also approved a transfer of $3 million to establish a building fund for the schools.

The committee also approved the appointment of Karen B. Clarke, of the University of Houston, as vice president for strategic marketing and communications.

President Neil Theobald announced earlier this month that Clarke would be assuming the position on May 1.

Clarke, who was previously at the University of South Florida and University of Miami, is the chief strategist for Houston’s branding and marketing campaign, according to the university’s website. She’s been associate vice president for marketing and communications at Houston since 2007.

The position Clarke will be assuming is a new administrative role, which was created when Theobald took over in January.

Clarke will serve in Theobald’s cabinet and “will be responsible for setting the overall strategic and creative direction of the university’s branding, marketing, and communications efforts,” according to a job description posted by Chronicle of Higher Education during the search for this administrator.

Clarke’s position would bring two roles of communications together. Currently, communications duties are housed in University Communications and Institutional Advancement. University Communications handles internal media and public relations, while Institutional Advancement handles marketing communications, Ken Lawrence, senior vice president for government, community and public affairs, said.

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Sean Carlin contributed to this report.

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