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UHD names Presley to head master’s program in security management

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 / UHD Public Affairs

The University of Houston-Downtown has tapped John W. Presley, Jr. to serve as executive director of its Security Management for Executives master’s degree program, UHD’s first executive degree offering.

Presley, who was one of the first students to complete the degree in August, is charged with building enrollment and support for the program that prepares students to integrate business and security functions in the corporate world at an executive level.

“UHD’s program is unique because many students who are in this graduate program already have experience and knowledge that add to classroom discussions and presentations,” Presley said. “I’ve served in the military, in local enforcement, as a FBI special agent and as a corporate security director. Each step of the way, I gained new perspectives on this ever-changing profession.”

Beth Pelz, dean of UHD’s College of Public Service, said she looks forward to seeing Presley expand the degree program that holds classes on alternate Saturdays. “We want to reach more security executives in Houston and across Texas. Our program is just three years old, but it already has a strong reputation in the industry,” she said. “John knows Houston and he will help us build relationships with Fortune 500 companies and others in the security industry. We are very pleased to have him working at UHD.”

UHD is taking applications now for openings in the program beginning fall semester in late August. Presley can be reached at or at 713-221-5292.

Presley said more corporations are addressing security issues at an executive level. “I came into this degree with considerable private and public experience; this program expanded my contacts and left me well prepared to address corporate security functions as a member of the executive team in the boardroom.

He lives in Katy and has a bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in addition to his MSME degree.

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