Section 61.0225 of the Education Code authorizes the Governor to appoint a non-voting student representative to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (“Board”) 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.
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; and
• Have a strong drive and self-motivation to contribute to the progress of higher education inTexas.
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 the duration of the term; and
• Maintain a state-wide perspective on higher education (as opposed to representing any single college or university).
• November 1: deadline for student government at institutions to begin solicitation for nominees.
• November 15: Priority application deadline to submit to the Student Government/Dean of Students Office.
• November 29: Final application deadline to submit to the Student Government/Dean of Students Office.
• 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 Board. This deadline includes the submission (must be postmarked by this date) to the Governor’s Appointments Office and includes the following documents:
• June 1, the deadline for the Governor to appoint a non-voting student representative to the Board for a one-year term expiring on May 31.
- Priority Applicant Submission Deadline: November 15, 2023, to submit to the Student Government/Student Involvement & Engagement Office.
- Final Applicant Submission Deadline: November 29, 2023, to submit to the Student Government/Student Involvement & Engagement Office.
The chancellor or president (as indicated above) shall mail completed nomination packets to the Governor’s Appointment Office.
For additional information regarding the Governor's Appointment Process, please visit the Governor’s website at http://gov.texas.gov/appointments/process.