West Houston Institute Director Receives Innovation Award

Dr. Butch Herod (left), director of the West Houston Institute at HCC receives the Medici Voyager award from Frans Johannson of The Medici Group.

WEST HOUSTON (Covering Katy News) – To say author Frans Johansson was an influence for the West Houston Institute (WHI) would be a vast understatement. The concept of the WHI is based on the principles from “The Medici Effect,” which shattered assumptions about how great ideas happen and was named one of the “Best Books on Innovation” by BusinessWeek and one of the top 10 best business books of the year by Amazon.com.

The esteemed author, entrepreneur, and consultant recently spoke at the institute to members of the Innovation Fellows program.

The visit was even more special for WHI Director Dr. Edmund “Butch” Herod when, at the end of the program, Johansson awarded Herod with the first ever “Medici Voyager Award,” for his leadership in steering the Medici Effect to life at the WHI.

“I am incredibly proud of the work that Butch has done with his team in creating an inclusive space for innovation on campus,” said Johansson. “The many intersections–of students, faculty, and the Houston community–forged at the West Houston Institute will advance innovation in teaching and learning in a monumental way. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with HCC in the coming years.”


Herod said this award was an honor not only for him but for the entire team at the WHI. “The West Houston Institute’s innovative spaces and programs are leading the re-imagination and reinvention of higher education while serving our students and our community in new and different ways. I am very proud of the entire WHI team, and I remain inspired by the seminal thinking in “The Medici Effect,” he said.

The WHI’s Innovation Fellows is a new program wherein 15 Faculty and staff are given in-depth learning experience in innovation, creativity, design thinking, and entrepreneurship at the West Houston Institute. Fellows will develop the mindsets and skillsets necessary to be the vanguard leaders and knowledge creators to effect innovative changes at HCC.

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