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Student Representatives

Governor Appointed Student Representative to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
Beginning June 1 and ending May 31, a student, nominated through the student government of each institution and appointed by the Governor, serves on the THECB as a non-voting representative. This is a great opportunity for a student to get a broad view of policy development.

Background:
Section 61.0225 of the Education Code authorizes the Governor to appoint a non-voting student representative to the THECB for a term not to exceed one year beginning on June 1 and ending on May 31 the following calendar year. The student representative shall enjoy the same rights as a regularly appointed board member, except the right to vote or be counted towards a quorum for official board business. The student representative serves without compensation, however shall be reimbursed by the Coordinating Board for expenses incurred during official board business.

Qualifications:
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 3 of the 4 quarterly board meetings, and 3 of the 4 board
   committee meetings as scheduled; and
 · Have a strong drive and self-motivation to contribute to the progress of higher education in
   Texas.


If appointed, the student representative must continue to meet the following criteria for the length of his or her term:
 · Maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;
 · Maintain enrollment at a public institution of higher education for duration of term; and 
 · Maintain a state-wide perspective on higher education (as opposed to representing any single
   college or university).


Key Deadlines/Process:
 · November 1, deadline for student government at institutions to begin solicitation for
   nominees. 
 · January 1, deadline for student government at institutions to select no more than five
   applicants for recommendation to the chancellor of the system (if within a system) or
   president (if not within a system).
 · February 1, deadline for the chancellor of the system (if within a system) or president (if not
   within a system) to nominate to the Governor no less than two applicants for appointment to
   the Coordinating Board. This deadline includes the submission to the Governor’s
   appointments Office and includes the following documents (submissions must be postmarked
   by this date):
       1.
THECB Application
       2.
Governor’s Appointment Application
       3. Resume
       4. Unofficial Transcript
· June 1, deadline for the Governor to appoint a non-voting student representative to the 
  Coordinating Board for a one-year term expiring on May 31.


The chancellor or president (as indicated above) shall mail completed nomination packets to the Governor’s Appointment Office at:

    Regular Delivery: PO Box 12428, Austin, TX 78711
    Overnight Delivery: 1100 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701

The Governor’s Appointment Office may be contacted via phone at 512.463.1828 or via fax at 512.475.2576. For additional information regarding the Governor's Appointment Process, please visit the Governor’s website at
http://gov.texas.gov/appointments/process.

 For a summary of the above information click here.


THECB Appointed Student Representative to Coordinating Board Advisory Committees
Students seeking nomination to an Advisory Committee may serve on one of five THECB advisory committees for a two-year term beginning June 1, 2018 and ending May 31, 2020. The advisory committees are: ApplyTexas, Learning Technology, Financial Aid, Graduate Education, and Undergraduate Education. The student perspective is very valuable to these committees and we highly encourage student participation. Students must be nominated through the president’s office of each institution.

Background
Section 61.071 of the Education Code requires the THECB to appoint non-voting student representatives to Coordinating Board advisory committees for a term not to be less than two years. The student representative shall enjoy the same rights as other members of advisory committees, except the right to vote or be counted towards a quorum for official committee business. The student representative serves without compensation. However, the Coordinating Board strongly encourages the institutions to help defray the cost of travel incurred while a student serves.


Qualifications
For initial consideration, nominees to all advisory committees below must meet the following minimum criteria:
 · Be enrolled at a public institution of higher education;
 · Be in good academic standing as determined by the institution;
 · Commit to fulfill all advisory committee related responsibilities during their term of service, to
   include attendance at all advisory committee meetings; and
 · Have a strong drive and self-motivation to contribute to the progress of higher education in
   Texas.


If appointed, the student representative must continue to meet the following criteria for the length of their term:
 · Maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;
 · Maintain enrollment at a public institution of higher education for duration of term; and
 · Maintain a state-wide perspective on higher education (as opposed to representing any single
   college or university).


Key Deadlines/Submission:
 · September 1, deadline for president of each institution to develop a nomination process and
   begin solicitation of nomination applications.
 · December 1, deadline for president of each institution to submit two nominees to the
   Coordinating Board for consideration. Submissions must be postmarked by this date and
   include the following documents:
         1.  
THECB Application
         2.   Resume
         3.   Unofficial Transcript
 · February 1, deadline for Coordinating Board to appoint student representatives to advisory
   committees for two-year terms beginning June 1 and ending May 31.


The president at each institution may develop his or her own nomination process for considering recommendations from their institutions to the Coordinating Board for advisory committee positions, including any additional requirements above and beyond those mandated by the formal application.

Nomination packets for each nominee should be emailed to Laurie.Frederick@thecb.state.tx.us, Program Specialist, Office of Agency Operations and Communications, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 512.427.6446.

For a summary of the above information click
here.


Current Advisory Committee Student Representatives:

Advisory Committee

Student RepresentativeInstitutionTerm
ApplyTexasPooja MallipadiThe University of Texas at ArlingtonMay 1, 2016- April 30, 2018
Learning TechnologyJorden MeneghettiThe University of Texas at AustinJune 1, 2016- May 31, 2018
Graduate EducationArabhi NagasunderUniversity of North Texas Health Science CenterJune 1, 2016- May 31, 2018
Financial AidMatthew VendermauseUniversity of North Texas Health Science CenterJune 1, 2016- May 31, 2018
Undergraduate EducationSonia FloresUniversity of Texas of the Permian BasinSept. 1, 2016 - Aug. 31, 2018
 
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