Jarvis Hollingsworth has served on the UH Board of Regents since 2009 and will take over as chair on September 1.
The University of Houston has been undergoing a physical and academic transformation over the past few years, with a Tier One designation from the Carnegie Foundation, new campus buildings and a football stadium under construction, and an effort to recruit top faculty and students.
Hollingsworth says the top priority for UH in the coming months will be student success.
"So that we're educating the top students and our graduates are going out into the workforce and being able to perform exceptionally, not just here in Houston, but all over the country."
Hollingsworth says one area UH needs improve is the graduation rate.
Last year, 8,242 students graduated from the university. That's a 46 percent graduation rate.
"We are working to continue to improve the quality of the overall entering class. And as we continue to improve the quality of the students that we're admitting, graduation rates will continue to increase."
Hollingsworth also says UH will continue to seek Tier One status on the TARU, or Top American Research Universities report, which ranks the top 50 research universities in the nation.