UH Bauer Veterans Stories
Many students, faculty, staff and alumni of UH Bauer College have served in the military and recognize that the leadership skills cultivated through service complement what is required of successful students and business leaders. Here are just some of their stories.
“They are this generation’s heroes. They put their lives on the line to ensure the safety of people living in the U.S. They have been bringing freedom and democracy to those who have lived without it. They are this generation’s heroes, just as World War II veterans were my heroes.”
“A lot of them aren’t able to have an income while they are going to school. School helps them transition into mainstream life. They can pursue a profession that maybe they discovered they liked in the service.”
“You work harder, smarter and faster. When you combine your military experiences with the higher education, you will be a great asset for whatever company or organization you join.”
Eugene J. Mincks, who led distinguished military and business careers, has died at the age of 85. Mincks, (BBA ’57), was the father of Jay Mincks, an executive vice president with Administaff who followed in his father’s footsteps to obtain a degree from Bauer and UH in 1987.
Billy Wayne Sherrill was in the eighth grade at Lanier Junior High School when he enrolled in the U.S. Marines in December of 1941. Two older brothers had already been drafted, the military strike against Pearl Harbor had mobilized thousands others, and Sherrill wasn’t about to wait until he was 17 for his turn.
Welcome Wilson Sr.
Self-discipline and leadership skills are natural byproducts of military service, according to Welcome Wilson, Sr., who is chairman of the University of Houston System Board of Regents and chairman and CEO of the GSL Welcome Group, L.L.C.