AUSTIN – Colleen McHugh, Chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents, today (May 3) issued the following statement regarding the appointment of Kyle Kalkwarf, a medical school student at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, as the UT System’s new student regent.
Kalkwarf is the 2011 class president of the School of Medicine, an executive board member of the UT System Student Advisory Council, and a member of the health science center’s Dean’s Committee for the Medical School Accreditation. He also is a student member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association and Bexar County Medical Society. Kalkwarf served as a captain in the U.S. Army and is a first lieutenant in the Texas Army National Guard. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to congratulate Kyle for his appointment to the post of student regent. I am confident his academic and military background will suit him exceedingly well in this important leadership position, and that students in the UT System will benefit from his service on the Board. We look forward to working with him as we continue to chart a course for excellence at each of our 15 institutions.
“I also would like to take this opportunity to thank Regent Karim Meijer for his outstanding service on the Board over the past year. Karim’s unique perspective led to significant contributions on Board matters and his engaging presence greatly enhanced our understanding of several important student issues.”
Gov. Rick Perry appointed Kalkwarf and 10 other students to higher education governing boards across the state. The one-year term for student regent runs from June 1 to May 31, 2011.
Serving the educational and health care needs of Texans for more than 125 years, The University of Texas System is one of the nation’s largest higher education systems, with nine academic campuses and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $11.9 billion (FY 2010) including $2.5 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Preliminary student enrollment exceeded 202,000 in the 2009 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's healthcare professionals annually. With more than 84,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.