THECB Non-Voting Student Representative
Powers and Duties
A non-voting student representative has the following powers and duties: A non-voting student representative is not a state officer. A non-voting student representative has the same powers and duties as the members of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, including the right to attend and participate in meetings of the board, except that the student representative:
- may not vote on any matter before the board or make or second any motion before the board; and
- 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.
The A&M System Office of Academic Affairs has been charged with working with each institution in the selection process. Each institution within the A&M System is required to use the applications available at the following links to solicit applicants for the position of non-voting student representative to the THECB.
|THECB Application||Office of the Governor Appointment Application|
|[Guide for THECB Application]||[Guide to the Appointment Application]|
Deadlines and Timeline
|November 1||The student government at each A&M System Member university and the Health Science Center “shall solicit applicants for appointment to the next regular term of the position of non-voting student representative.” This regular term will be from June 1 through May 31 (of the following year).|
The student government at each A&M System Member university and the Health Science Center shall:
The chancellor of the A&M System shall:
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||By this date or sooner or “as soon after as practicable, the governor shall appoint a non-voting representative to the Coordinating Board for a term expiring on the next May 31.”|
To be eligible for initial consideration, nominees must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a public institution of higher education;
- Be in good academic standing as determined by the institution;
- Commit to fulfill all board related responsibilities during their term of service, to include attendance at no less than three (3) of four (4) quarterly board meetings scheduled in January, April, July, and October;
- Have a strong drive and self-motivation to contribute to the progress of higher education in Texas.
Also, the statute provides that: “throughout a student representative’s term, the student 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.
Reimbursement for Expenses
The statute provides that “a student representative serves without compensation but is entitled to be reimbursed for the actual expenses incurred by the student representative in attending the meetings of the higher education coordinating board, subject to approval of the commissioner of higher education.”