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In 2005, the 79th Texas Legislature authorized the Governor to appoint a nonvoting student regent for each university or university system.
To aid the Governor in his selections, the chancellor of each university system must recommend students based on applications submitted by each president on behalf of the institution’s student government organization. The student appointments serve a one-year term, from June 1 through May 31 of the following year. The UT System Student Regent and THECB Student Representative have the same rights as regularly appointed board members, except the right to vote or be counted towards a quorum for official board business. The positions serve without compensation, but will be reimbursed for expenses incurred during official Board business.
Students interested in applying to represent the UT System as the Student Regent should contact the student government organization on campus to find out about the campus-level application process and important deadlines.
- Must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student
- Must be “in good standing”, as certified by the registrar’s office
- Commit to fulfill all Board-related responsibilities during the term of service
- Maintain a state-wide perspective on higher education (as opposed to representing any single college or university)
- Once appointed, the student regent/student representative must remain enrolled at the institution during the full term
- A 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale must be maintained to continue eligibility
- The student government of the institution at which a current student regent was enrolled at the time of the student regent’s appointment may not solicit applicants for the position of student regent for the next regular term.
- No later than November 1 of each year, student government bodies solicit applicants.
- Applicants chosen by the institution’s student government must be sent to the president for consideration.
- The president of each institution submits no more than five applicants for each position to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UT System. All other applications must be retained in the president’s office until the Governor names the appointments.
- The UT System Office of Academic Affairs and Office of Health Affairs review all applications submitted by the presidents and make recommendations to the Chancellor.
- No later than February 1, the Chancellor selects two or more applicants for each position to forward to the Governor for consideration.
- Around June 1, the Governor appoints the UT System Student Regent.