The University of Houston at Sugar Land campus has been in Fort Bend County for 30 years bringing higher education to the community.

Marking a milestone

The campus first opened in 1994 as a business center off Julie Rivers Drive and has evolved into a campus offering programs that include digital media, nursing, education and technology, according to its website.

“Our history of growth is rooted in community and support for higher education,” said Jay Neal, associate vice president of academic affairs and chief operating officer for UH at Sugar Land, in a news release. “What began as a collaboration for a few students in a small business center has grown into a formidable higher education offering, contributing to the success of the region.”

The details

To celebrate the milestone, the university is gathering items for a time capsule for 2054 that will be displayed in glass cases in the George Building, said Marisa Ramirez, senior director of university communication for the Sugar Land and Katy instructional sites.

The time capsule will feature:
  • Items from the past: building renderings, master plans, brochures and articles
  • Items from the present: UH swag, pictures, mural note cards and letters from leadership, the community and students
An anniversary book is being compiled, and will feature interviews and stories from UH at Sugar Land supporters, including former city and county leadership, students and faculty, Ramirez said.

The book is expected to be printed before the winter holidays. Upon its completion, community members will be able to read the book online or borrow a copy from the Fort Bend County Libraries University Branch, Ramirez said.

The university has also launched an anniversary webpage featuring a timeline, highlights and photos from the past, according to the news release.

“Much has changed in the last 30 years, but our charge to bring higher education to this region, to be part of all that makes it successful, has not,” Neal said. “We move forward into the next 30 years with the intent of creating thoughtful, skilled leaders and professionals for our region and world.”