The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is one of the top agencies in Texas for working with Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs), according to a recent report issued by the Texas Comptroller’s Office. Out of the top 50 Texas agencies in total spending for fiscal year 2018, UTHealth ranked 16th in total percentage of HUB expenditures.
UTHealth has the fourth-highest HUB spending percentage among Texas health components. This group of institutions includes six health-related institutions in The University of Texas System as well as Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.
UTHealth conducted business with 173 HUB suppliers in FY 2018, resulting in nearly $24.4 million in HUB expenditures.
“I am proud of our HUB purchasing performance as an institution,” said Kevin Dillon, MBA, CPA, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer at UTHealth. “It starts with presidential commitment and lots of follow through from the entire health science center. And it is the right thing to do.”
A HUB is a for-profit business that is at least 51 percent owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American, American woman and/or Service-Disabled Veteran. In response to the Texas Legislature’s efforts to encourage state agencies to do business with minority- and woman-owned businesses, UTHealth remains committed to increasing participation levels with HUB vendors. The university has a HUB and Small Business Program that identifies, educates, and assists HUBs and small businesses in participating in the purchasing process, thereby increasing the number and value of contracts and purchases awarded to HUB vendors by UTHealth.
HUB participation is a measure of the university’s commitment to diversity and its ability to engage with the local community in the buying of goods and services needed to operate.
For more information on the HUB program, please contact Shaun McGowan, manager of HUB and Small Business Program, at Shaun.A.McGowan@uth.tmc.edu.