UT System Seeking Applicants for Student Regent

Dec. 4, 2008

The University of Texas System is currently seeking applicants for the student regent position on the Board of Regents to replace UT Dallas senior Benjamin Dower, who currently holds the office.

Dower will step down June 1. Because the current term is being filled by a UT Dallas student, Dower's replacement will have to come from another school in the UT System.

The nonvoting student regent is an ex-officio member on each Board committee.  In addition to participating in approximately a dozen official Board meetings over the course of the appointment, the student regent frequently visits with student leaders, administrators, faculty and staff at the 15 UT institutions across the state.

In 2005, the 79th Texas Legislature authorized the Governor to appoint a nonvoting student regent for each public university or university system.

Applicants, who must be enrolled at UT System institutions and in good academic standing, are required to fill out the UT System Application for Student Regent and the Office of the Governor Appointment Application, which must be submitted to the institution's student government organization.

Each student government organization will choose up to five applicants; the campus presidents will submit the applicants to the UT System chancellor by no later than December 15, 2008.  

The chancellor will recommend two or more applicants to the governor, who ultimately makes the formal appointment.


Media Contact: Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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