Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Keaghan Holt as the student regent for the Texas Tech University System (TTU System) Board of Regents for the 2021-22 academic year, his office announced today (June 1).
Holt, originally from Seguin, Texas, is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in health science professions at Angelo State University (ASU). Holt becomes the 16th student to serve on the Board of Regents and the fourth from ASU.
“Keaghan is active in virtually every facet of student life at Angelo State,” said ASU President Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr. “She is an outstanding student and leader, and we are proud she has been selected for the esteemed role of student regent.”
Holt, who has earned Dean’s List honors in three semesters, has served as the RAMbassadors vice president and Health Sciences Society vice president at ASU. She is a member of the ASU Cheer Team that captured multiple national championships in 2021 at the United Spirit Association USA Collegiate Championships. During her first year at ASU in 2019-2020, she was a top contributor as the ASU Cheer Team won a Band Chant national title and Situational national championship while receiving ASU Cheer Nationals MVP.
She also has served the ASU community in a leadership role in both Ram Transition and Rams Connect, where she has welcomed incoming students to campus and helped answer questions from prospective students about college life at ASU.
“Serving as our student regent is a significant role within the Texas Tech University System, and I am excited to welcome Keaghan into this position,” said Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D, chancellor of the TTU System. “Keaghan has impressive student activity and leadership experience, and I’m confident she will be a strong representative and passionate advocate of the student population across our system.”
Holt will serve a one-year term, effective immediately and set to expire on May 31, 2022. Her first Board of Regents meeting will take place Aug. 5-6 in Lubbock. She replaces Brooke Walterscheid of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, who was appointed in 2020.
About the Texas Tech University System
Established in 1996 and headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the Texas Tech University System is a $2 billion higher education enterprise focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and community outreach. Consisting of four universities – Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso – the TTU System collectively has approximately 57,000 students, 21 academic locations in 18 cities (16 in Texas, 2 internationally), more than 300,000 alumni and an endowment valued at over $1.3 billion.
During the 86th Texas Legislature under the leadership of Chancellor Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., legislative funding and authority was provided to establish a new Texas Tech University veterinary school in Amarillo and a new dental school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. This will be the state’s first veterinary school in more than a century and first dental school in over 50 years. The addition of these two schools makes the TTU System one of only nine in the nation to offer programs for undergraduate, medical, law, nursing, pharmacy, dental and veterinary education, among other academic areas.