In 2005, the 79th Texas Legislature authorized the Governor to appoint a nonvoting student regent for a university system board of regents. Section 51.355 of the Texas Education Code provides for the annual appointment of one student regent to a university system board of regents. This statute defines the powers and duties of a student regent, establishes the appointment and application procedure, and provides qualifications to be appointed and to remain a student regent throughout the term. In the statue, “student government” means the representative student organization directly elected by the student body of a general academic teaching institution or medical and dental unit.
The Chancellor of each university system recommends, to the Governor, at least two students from the applications submitted by participating universities. The student regent serves a one-year term from June 1 through May 31 without compensation, but is eligible for reimbursement of expenses incurred during official A&M System Board of Regents business.
Student Regent Term Commitment:
- Meetings attendance: The A&M Board of Regents meets quarterly with special meetings arranged as needed
- Meeting materials: Required meeting materials are generally sent to the Board at least 10 days prior to the scheduled meeting to allow time for review and preparation prior to the meeting
- Travel: Campus visits, social activities and travel to board meetings
Powers and Duties of the Student Regent
Although the student regent is not a member of the board of regents he/she has the same powers and duties as the members of the board, including the right to attend and participate in Board meetings, however, the student regent:
(1) may not vote on any matter before the board or make or second any motion before the board; and
(2) is not counted in determining whether a quorum exists for a meeting of the board or in determining the outcome of any vote of the board.
Application Procedure and Deadlines
The A&M System Office of Academic Affairs is charged with coordinating and facilitating the student regent selection process with each System member. Each System member is required to use the applications available at the following links to solicit applicants for the position of student regent. Eligible students do not need to be a member of the student government; however, the student government solicits the student regent applications on behalf of their respective university.
** The candidate must complete both the A&M System Application for Student Regent and the Office of the Governor Appointment Application.
- A&M System Application for 2019-2020 Student Regent
- Office of the Governor Appointment Application
November 1 or sooner, the student government at each A&M System member university “shall solicit applicants for appointment to the next regular term of the position of student regent.” This regular term will be from June 1 through May 31.
January 1 or sooner, the student government at each A&M System member university shall: a) “select five applicants as the student government’s recommendation for the position of student regent;” and b) send the applications of such applicants to the chancellor of the A&M System.
Please note: Due to students generally being away from campus for much of December and January, we request Applications be submitted to the Channcellor no later than December 1st.
February 1 or sooner, the chancellor of the A&M System shall: a) select two or more applicants from those received as the A&M System’s “recommendations for the position of student regent;” and b) send the applications of such applicants to the governor. The governor will review the applications sent by the A&M System, and may request to review all applications received. Also, the governor may request an applicant to submit additional information.
June 1 or “as soon after as practicable, the governor shall appoint one of the applicants to serve as student regent” for the A&M System “for a one-year term expiring on the next May 31.”
Per the Student Regent statute for university systems (Sec. 51.355, Texas Education Code), the institution at which the current student regent is enrolled may not submit applications for the appointment of the next student regent.
Timeline at a Glance
November 1st System member student government associations begin soliciting applications for the Student Regent
December 1st Participating System members submit five recommended applications to the A&M System Chancellor for review
February 1st Chancellor forwards at least two Student Regent applications to the Governor
June 1st Governor appoints Student Regent by this date or as soon thereafter for a one-year term
To be considered eligible for appointment as student regent, a person must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a general academic teaching institution or medical and dental unit in the university system and be in good academic standing as determined by the institution at the time of appointment. The person must remain enrolled at the institution throughout the person’s term as a student regent. For purposes of this subsection, a person is considered to be enrolled in an institution or unit for a summer term if the person was enrolled in the institution or unit for the preceding semester and:
(1) is registered or preregistered at the institution or unit for the following fall semester;
(2) if the person has not completed the person’s degree program, is eligible to continue the degree program at the institution or unit in the following fall semester; or
(3) if the person completed a degree program in the preceding semester, is admitted to another degree program at the institution or unit for the following fall semester.
Also, the statute provides that: “Throughout a student regent’s term, the student regent must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a four-point scale.” Failure to maintain such qualifications will result in the governor declaring the position vacant and subsequently filling the position.
The statute provides that: “a student regent serves without compensation but is entitled to be reimbursed for the actual expenses incurred by the student regent in attending the meetings of the board of regents, subject to the approval of the chairman of the board of regents.”