Michael A. Olivas
Interim President

Higher Ed

  • International students
  • Minority students

Michael A. Olivas is interim president of University of Houston-Downtown, responsible for leadership, oversight, planning and administration of the university to ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations, University of Houston System and UHD policies, as well as higher education best practices. He provides direct oversight to vice presidents and is responsible for the development, review and achievement of strategic goals. Olivas has served on the editorial board of more than 20 scholarly journals. In 2010, he was named Outstanding Immigration Professor of the Year by the Immigration Professors Blog Group. He has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute and the National Academy of Education and is the only person to have been selected to both honor academies. Since 2002, he has been a director on the board of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and both MALDEF and the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston have given him awards for lifetime achievement. Olivas earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, a master’s degree in English and Doctor of Higher Education in organizational theory from The Ohio State University.