College of Natural Sciences at the University of Houston inaugurated
its Dean’s Advisory
Council for the 2004 - 2005 academic year on April 1 and 2,
purpose of the Council is to advise the dean and the College
on issues affecting the long-term
success of the College, including changes in relevant professions,
in industry-wide research, in graduation requirements, in
fundraising, and in program development. Each of
the executive level members brings years of experience and
wisdom to the
Council, which adds real-world perspective to
the strategic planning process for the College.
Our Council members
for '04-'05 include Joseph S. Baker, Jr. who received his degree
in mathematics in 1968 and is now president
of Search Consultants International. He founded SCI in 1980
after a 13-year career in telecommunications. SCI is
recognized as one of the foremost specialty-recruiting firms
in the nation. In 1995, SCI was recognized as one of Houston's
100 Fastest Growing Companies.
Another member of the Council is Nancy
T. Chang, PhD. As president
and chief executive officer of Tanox, Inc., Dr. Chang draws on
22 years of biotechnology experience, which includes a doctorate
in biological chemistry from Harvard University. She co-founded
her Houston company in 1986 to address significant unmet medical
needs in the areas of asthma, allergy, inflammation, and human
F. Haas-Garcia, Principal of McKinsey & Co. has extensive experience
in the oil and gas industry, much of it in the international
arena. From 1992-1995, he served as Director General
of Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) Comercio Internacional, and
in 1995-6, led the Mexican state oil company's international
Council member Bernard
A. Harris, Jr., MD, is the president
and CEO of Vesalius Ventures and a 1978 biology graduate of NSM.
He was the first African-American to walk in space and the first
person to perform a full physical exam in space while aboard
the shuttle Columbia. This former astronaut for NASA's Medical
Science Division is an associate professor of internal medicine
for UT Medical Branch-Galveston, and an assistant professor at
Baylor College of Medicine.
Honorable William P. Hobby is well known to most Houstonians.
He is chairman of the board of H & C Communications,
Inc. and was Texas’s lieutenant governor from 1973-1991.
An alumnus of Rice University, Mr. Hobby is a former member
of the UH board of regents and a former UH System chancellor
accounting alumnus, Lawrence E. Lenig, Jr. brings executive
experience to the Council. Mr. Lenig served as president of
Houston-based Digicon Inc. from 1989 to 1993 and went
on to lead two other geosciences companies until 2002 when
he became president and chief executive officer for Seitel,
Inc. The company's specialty is geological and seismic data
of interest to major oil and gas exploration companies.
S. Magill, MD is a chemistry alumna of UH. A graduate
of the University of Texas Medical School, she is an anesthesiologist
in private practice in Houston. She is a past-president of
the Houston Hispanic Forum, and was honored as a "Woman
of Achievement" by the
Chi Omega Alumnae Association in 2003.
Pfeiffer is chairman of the board of Intershop Communications
of San Francisco,
CA. He has extensive expertise in the computer science
industry, formerly serving as president and CEO of Compaq Computer
Corporation, from 1991 - 1999. He was named CNBC's CEO of the
Year in 1994, and was honored by UH in 1999 at its NSM "Quest
for Excellence" gala.
D. Suit, MD, PhD serves as the Andres Soriano Professor of
Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School. He is also head of
the Radiation Therapy department of Massachusetts General Hospital. After
earning a biology degree from UH, Dr. Suit went on to study
medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and to pursue his special
interest in radiation physics at Oxford University, UK. His
distinguished professional career has won him the prestigious
Research Career Development Award from the National Cancer
Institute, the American College of Radiology's Gold Medal Award,
and the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Award.