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HUB Participation Increases During Willerson Years
During the tenure of James T. Willerson, M.D., as president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the institution has steadily increased participation levels with Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) vendors. This effort is part of the Texas Legislature's push to encourage state agencies do business with minority- and woman-owned businesses. Women-, African-American, Hispanic-, Asian- and Native American-owned businesses are included in this category.
"From the first day of his presidency, Dr. Willerson has been committed to increasing the amount of business the health science center does with minority owned businesses in the Houston area," said Kevin Dillon, M.B.A., C.P.A., executive vice president, chief operating and financial officer (COO & CFO) of the health science center. "Over the past several years, we have shown steady progress in this area. For the most recent semi-annual report to the State of Texas - in March 2008 - our HUB participation result was 21 percent. We currently do business with more than 200 individual HUB firms and our spending with them now exceeds $24 million per year.
"We think this is the right thing to do and we're proud of our role in this important program to our community."
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