AUSTIN – The University of Texas System Board of Regents today (Nov. 12) appointed Vivien Hester Caven of Houston as the regental representative to the UT Austin Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Women. The four-year appointment is effective immediately.
Caven, a graduate of UT Austin’s College of Education, succeeds Dr. Susan C. Blackwood, whose term recently expired.
“Vivien Caven is a staunch supporter of the UT System and has been involved for many years in programs to educate the ‘whole student’ through physical activity, academic work and community service,” Regents’ Chairman James R. Huffines  said. “On behalf of the Board, I am very pleased she has agreed to serve on this important council at her alma mater.”
Active in civic and philanthropic organizations, Caven was a volunteer reader and participated in several forums at The University of Texas Elementary School in Austin and is also active on the mentoring team for Rusk Elementary School in Houston, where she works with at-risk students to help with self-esteem, encouraging schoolwork and steady support for each student.
Caven was appointed as a member of the Governor’s Commission for Women by Gov. Rick Perry. She is married to H. Scott Caven, Jr., former chairman of the UT System Board of Regents and former athletics liaison to the nine UT System academic institutions.
The Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Men and the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Women provide advice on relevant issues to the respective athletic team departments and the president of UT Austin. Each council is composed of nine voting members and one nonvoting member as follows: two students (one nonvoting); and ex-student, two regental appointees; and five members of the University General Faculty. The regental appointments are for four (4) year staggered terms.
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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.