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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2011 - People. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 28, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/24628/show/24521.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2011 - People. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/24628/show/24521

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 2011 - People, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed December 28, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/24628/show/24521.

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Title Houstonian 2011
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  • Students of the University of Houston
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Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Title People
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript DEDICATED DEAN By Sara Nichols Dean of Students William Munson wants nothing more than to help UH students achieve academic and personal success. He knows first-hand that becoming involved in the University is a way students can excel. As an undergraduate at Iowa State University, Munson was a model of student involvement. He was the president of his fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon and chairman of the homecoming committee. His interest in student involvement and administrative leadership led Munson from rural Iowa to the bright lights of Houston and its University, where he now supervises the development of campus-wide programs, activities and services. "I was highly involved as a student leader as an undergraduate, but didn't realize there was an actual career you could go into," he said. "I thought I'd come here and be here for two or three years, but now it's 25 years later, and I'm still happy to be here." Munson said he prefers the challenge of improving campus programs, and UH allowed him the perfect opportunity to do so. "Everything just seemed to fit," he said. "UH is a very future- oriented, forward-thinking, improvement-oriented place, and that fits my professional philosophy very closely." Munson came to UH in 1985 and served as Director for Campus Activities until his appointment to Dean of Students in 1988. He was also named Assistant Vice President for Student Development in 1992 as well as Associate Vice Chancellor in 2007. Munson and his staff are tasked with finding ways to encourage students to become engaged on campus, as well as moderating student behavioral issues and providing assistance and guidance for struggling students. He has implemented several programs at UH, including the EXCEL mentor programs, the Student Information and Assistance Center, the Metropolitan Volunteer Program, and the New Student Orientation Program. Although student academic success is Munson's first priority, he wants to revitalize campus life at a university that is primarily populated with commuters. To do this, he helped in the development and construction of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center and residential Greek Life programming at the Bayou Oaks town homes. Munson said that if more students lived on campus, it would give them more of an opportunity to develop outside of the classroom. "Developing socially by interacting with different types of students in organizational settings and leadership environments is the kind of learning that isn't available in the classroom," he said. Munson said his inspiration to help UH students achieve social development is primarily the cultural diversity at UH, which gives the University a "very vibrant learning environment because of (its) diversity." In addition to his duties as dean, Munson teaches graduate classes in the higher education program at the College of Education. "I really like teaching," Munson said. "It gives me another perspective and actually helps me do my job as the dean of students because it reminds me that the major purpose of students being on campus is to succeed academically. I'm reminded of the pressure that's on students." Munson also said that what excites him most about UH is the possibility of achieving Tier One status and being nationally recognized as a top research-oriented university, which will be a draw for college-bound freshmen and ultimately increase UH's student population. And although change can be stressful, Munson said he is "very gratified" by the transitions he has seen taking place at UH in the last few years—particularly those that came when UH Chancellor and President Renu Khator took office. "Our goal of achieving Tier One has really united the campus and provided a vision and a focus," Munson said, "and I don't think I've ever seen our University mobilize toward one single vision of success. I think that's a great thing." Photo by Priscilla Bigner [150] mside the Pride.