Vice President, Texas Diversity Council Gulf Coast Advisory Board
University of Houston-Victoria (UHV)
Karla Hernandez DeCuir is the Senior Director of Enrollment Management and External Affairs at University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) in Katy. She joined UHV in 2017 to oversee the recruiting efforts, external relations, and strategic partnerships for UHV Katy. Karla is the founder and President of Student Guidance Group, a non-profit organization focused on providing career guidance, mentorship, and professional skills development to high school students. Her background includes 17 years of business development, management, marketing, and external affairs. Born in Guatemala City and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Karla began her professional career working for Nextel Communications assisting corporate franchises with business development ventures. In 2007, she joined University of Phoenix where she held various roles including enrollment management and external relations for the Houston market. She has been recognized with the University of Phoenix President’s award and the DiversityFIRST award by the Texas Diversity Council.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Management from the University of New Orleans. An MBA and a Master in Management with a concentration in Human Resources Management from the University of Phoenix, and she is currently enrolled in the Executive Doctor of Education in Professional Leadership with an emphasis in Special Populations program at the University of Houston. She has completed the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Institute and the University of Houston’s Women in Leadership programs. Previous community involvement include serving on the board of the National Association of Women MBAs-Houston Professional Chapter, co-chairing the Texas Diversity Council’s Education Committee, and serving as an Ambassador for the Greater Houston Partnership. Current community involvement include serving as a board member of the Katy Technology and Education Foundation, chairing the Young Women’s Leadership Symposium, chairing the Katy Economic Development Diversity Taskforce, and serving on various committees including the Katy Economic Development Leadership and the West Houston Association Education and Workforce committees. She is passionate about education and about empowering young women to step up to leadership roles.
Karla lives in Katy where she enjoys time at home with her husband and her two young children, Nailah and Ramsis.