After eight years working at the University of Houston-Victoria and 52 years working in the field of education overall, Fred Litton, the UHV school dean, is preparing to retire the end of this July. …
After eight years working at the University of Houston-Victoria and 52 years working in the field of education overall, Fred Litton, the UHV School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development dean, is preparing to retire the end of this July. Both Litton and his wife, Beverly, has decided to retire together after both working in the field of education and move to Arkansas where they can be close to family. Although it is a disheartening situation, Litton is more than proud to have worked in UHV.
“UHV and the Victoria community have been very good to us,” Litton said. “Every day, I worked with people who were committed to achieving great things and helping our students become outstanding educators and professionals.”
Before joining UHV in the summer of 2012, Litton had worked in many other institutions as a dean, department chair, or faculty member. Some of these institutions included University of Central Arkansas, University of New Orleans, and even Southern University in Baton Rouge. When he joined UHV, he made a lasting impact with the addition of new programs, major grants and new community initiatives to say the least, said UHV president, Bob Glenn.
“The UHV School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development is fortunate to have had Fred Litton at the helm,” Glenn said. “He has gone above and beyond time and time again for the university and its students. He has made a lasting impact on the university and its community. He leaves behind a legacy of excellence and value in education that will continue for years to come.”
Some of the new programs that Litton has implemented include a Bachelor of Science in health studies; Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Master of Education in educational technology; and the Master of Science in sport management. Litton also achieved many state and national accreditations for UHV with his leadership and the help of his faculty, Litton said.
“It takes a lot of work and commitment to make new programs happen,” Litton said. “I was fortunate to have an outstanding group of faculty and staff who always were looking for ways to move the school and the university forward. Their dedication to helping students and offering quality programs are what makes the school great.”
The community and partnership were also a priority for Litton and helped expand his relationships with the faculty, said associate dean, Rachel Martinez, who will later be the interim dean for Litton. Litton always concerned himself with others through things like supporting students or working with the school’s employees.
“We’re in the business of helping people, and he is passionate about that,” Martinez said. “He is a good leader who focused on equipping his faculty members to make sure we were able to offer the best education to our students. If any of us needed special training or credentials, he supported us and helped us find resources to make that happen so we could pass that knowledge on to our students. He was an outstanding mentor, and he taught me well.”
Along with his own accomplishments within the school, Litton has also done research of his own concerning special education with published books, professional journal articles, and presentations.