Serving as the TWU student regent is a very valuable opportunity for motivated and highly talented students.
The rewards are many and will continue beyond your term of service:
- Opportunity to have a lasting impact on higher education across the entire state of Texas
- Networking with state and local legislators and community leaders
- Represent TWU at the highest level of leadership
Powers and duties
A student regent has the following powers and duties:
A student regent is not a member of the board of regents of the system for which the student regent is appointed. A student regent has the same powers and duties as the members of the board of regents of the system, including the right to attend and participate in meetings of the board of regents, except that the student regent:
- 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.
Student regent qualifications
To be 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:
- is registered or preregistered at the institution or unit for the following fall semester;
- 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
- 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. Preference will be given to applicants who are residents of the State of Texas and who have a general knowledge of the functions of the Board of Regents. Student Regent applicants must have strong desire to represent all university students within their respective institution. The Student Regent serves a one-year term commencing June 1.
Application procedure and deadlines
A Selection committee comprised of members of the Student Government Association will meet to select applicants based upon their application and a personal interview. After those applicants are met with, finalists will be selected and those finalists names will be forwarded to the University chancellor for further inspection and selection of final candidate(s). The chancellor may select two or more applicants from those received as TWU’s “recommendations for the position of student regent;” and send the applications of such applicants to the governor. The governor will review the applications sent by the TWU chancellor, 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 TWU “for a one-year term expiring on the next May 31.”
Applications may be turned in at one of the following campuses:
TWU Denton Campus
Center for Student Development
Student Union, 1st Floor
TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute for Health Sciences
Dallas, Student Life Office, Room 3600
TWU Houston Campus
Student Life Office, Room 2300