Governor Selects Student Regent From Texas A&M International University

NewsReleaseMay 11, 2016

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Stephanie Martinez of Laredo has been appointed the next student regent for The Texas A&M University System by Governor Greg Abbott. She replaces outgoing student regent Alvaro “Gabe” Pereira of College Station.

Martinez is a first generation college student completing a bachelor’s degree in communications from Texas A&M International University this spring. She will be pursuing her Master’s degree at Texas A&M International beginning in June 2016.

Her term as student regent is effective June 1, 2016 and will expire May 31, 2017.

“The Board welcomes Ms. Martinez. As our first student regent ever from Texas A&M International, we look forward to her valuable perspective and insight on matters that are important to the entire System,” said Cliff Thomas, Chairman of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. “We also wish to thank Mr. Pereira for his outstanding service and wish him well on all of his future endeavors.”

Chancellor John Sharp also welcomed the news of Martinez’s appointment. “The student regent provides a fresh perspective and an important voice in key discussions that determine the future of the Texas A&M System,” Chancellor Sharp said. “I look forward to working with Ms. Martinez in her new role as the System continues to make progress throughout the state.”

Governor Abbott announced Martinez’s appointment on May 11, 2016 along with nine other student regents to their respective public universities around the state, plus a student representative to serve on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center, the Texas A&M System educates more than 140,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, externally funded research expenditures exceed $932 million and help drive the state’s economy.

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