Summary: UH goes deep for Tier One goal
Wilson leads push in university's bid for top status
By JEANNIE KEVER
Oct. 31, 2010, 8:09AM
Dave Rossman Chronicle
Welcome Wilson Sr. says reaching Tier One status would help create jobs in the Houston area.
Welcome Wilson Sr. enrolled at the University of Houston 64 years ago and, in some ways, he's never left. A real
estate developer whose projects include Jamaica Beach and Tiki Island, Wilson has been a member of the board of
regents since 2006. In September, he was named chairman of the Tier One Public Campaign, charged with pushing
the university along a path approved by voters last November, when they agreed to allow UH and six other public
universities in Texas to tap the newly created National Research University Fund as they met certain benchmarks.
He sat down recently with Chronicle reporter Jeannie Kever to talk about his latest role and the university's efforts
to become a nationally recognized research university.
Q: Tell me about this Tier One Public Campaign. What will you be doing?
A: We've raised our sights. We've raised our admission standards. My job is to get the metropolitan
Houston area and the Legislature excited. I'm speaking to groups several times a week, reaching out to
every civic organization, to the business community, and making them understand what a Tier One
university is and what it would do for Houston. I hope I'm able to make the public understand why it's