Release Date: May 3, 2010
ASU’s Student Body President Named Texas Tech Student Regent
Angelo State University student body President Jeff Harris has been appointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to a one-year term as student regent on the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System (TTUS), effective June 1.
In April, Harris, a senior political science major of San Angelo, was elected to his second term as president of the ASU Student Government Association (SGA). He is also a candidate for San Angelo City Council, Single Member District 5, in the May 8 municipal election.
With the governor’s appointment, Harris becomes the first ASU student named to the board of a statewide university system. Prior to joining the Texas Tech University System on Sept. 1, 2007, ASU had been a member of the Texas State University System.
ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said, “This appointment is a great honor for Jeff and for Angelo State University because it further recognizes his dedication to public service.”
The Texas Education Code provides for the annual appointment of one student regent to each state university system board of regents to provide a student voice on system matters. A student regent has the same duties as other board members, but cannot vote on matters before the board nor make or second any motion before the board. A student regent is not counted in determining whether a quorum exists for any board meeting.
Harris will succeed Kyle Miller, a Plainview medical student at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, as the student regent on the TTUS board.
Harris is scheduled to complete his bachelor’s degree this year and then begin his Master of Public Administration through ASU’s Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. He has been involved in a variety of political activities, having served as president of the College Republicans at ASU and as an intern in Congressman Mike Conaway’s San Angelo Office.
His community activities have included service to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Cancer Society, Meals for the Elderly and Special Olympics. He has also volunteered at Legend Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
Originally from Arlington and a 2004 graduate of Arlington High School, Harris has a life-long connection to San Angelo, where he used to spend his summers as a child with his grandparents.