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Gov. Perry Appoints Eleven Student Regents Across the State

Friday, May 29, 2009  •  Appointment

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has appointed 10 student regents to their respective university systems, and one student representative to serve on the Higher Education Coordinating Board for terms to expire May 31, 2010.

Higher Education Coordinating Board
Heather A. Morris of Lubbock is a student at Texas Tech University. She is a member of the American Society for Public Administrators and National Council of University Research Administrators. Morris received a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from Texas Tech University. She replaces Charles E. “Trey” Lewis III of Houston.

Midwestern State University
Leonard Benton of Wichita Falls is a student in Midwestern State University’s Honors Program.  He is student representative vice president in the Student Government Association and a Student Ambassador. He also volunteers as a student peer counselor and welcomes incoming foreign students to the university. Benton is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business from Midwestern State University. He replaces Haley Lain of Wichita Falls.

Stephen F. Austin State University
Morgan A. Tomberlain of Longview is a student at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU). She is an alumnus of Alpha Chi Omega, member of the Student Foundation Association and East Texas SFA Alumni Organization Golf Tournament Committee, and decorations chairman for the Longview Habitat for Humanity Raise the Roof Fundraiser. Tomberlain received a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising and is pursuing a master’s degree in family and consumer sciences from SFASU. She replaces Lacey Claver of Nacogdoches.

Texas A&M University System
Hunter Bollman of Katy is a fellow in the Mays Business School Fellows Program at Texas A&M University. He is a past member of the Texas A&M Student Government Association Executive Council, and a member of Beta Upsilon Chi, Texas A&M Honor Council and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. He is also a volunteer Fish Camp counselor and attended the 2008 KPMG Fast Forward Leadership Conference. Bollman is in the Professional Program at Mays Business School, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting and master's degree in finance.  He replaces Anthony Cullins of Commerce.

Texas Southern University
Patrice A. McKenzie of Houston is a student at Texas Southern University, where she is a Ronald McNair Post Baccalaureate Scholar and a Frederick Douglass Honors Program Scholar.  She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and was elected Miss Health Care Administration Homecoming Queen. McKenzie is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health care administration, and plans to pursue a master’s degree in health care administration and business administration at Texas Southern University. She replaces Kris Krishna of Houston.

Texas State University System
William Clayton Patterson of Richardson is a student at Texas State University and former U.S. Marine. During his service, he was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He is president and founder of the Texas State University Veteran’s Alliance, a member of Phi Delta Theta, Texas State University Student Foundation and Ducks Unlimited, and an Eagle Scout. Patterson is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in international business. He replaces Nicole Lozano of Huntsville.

Texas Tech University System
Kyle R. Miller of Plainview is a medical student at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. He is a class representative for the Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business Health Organization Management Student Association. He is also a student member of the Texas Medical Association, and an alumni member of Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board. Miller received a bachelor’s degree, and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration and medical degree from Texas Tech University. He replaces Kelli Stumbo of Lubbock.

Texas Woman’s University
Rae Lynn McFarlin of Bonham is a student at Texas Woman’s University (TWU). She is a tutor and student assistant in the TWU Science Learning Resource Center and Math and Computer Science Department. She is also past president and current vice president of Kappa Mu Epsilon, a member of the TWU Honors Scholar Program, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and TWU Leadership Institute, and a recipient of the National Science Foundation S-STEM Scholarship and Harlan C. Miller Memorial Scholarship. McFarlin is pursuing bachelor's degrees in math and chemistry from Texas Woman's University and replaces Scarlett Pope of Grapevine.

University of Houston
Kristen A. Lindley of Spring is a student at the University of Houston – Victoria. She is president of the Student Senate, and a member of Gamma Beta Phi and the President’s Climate Control Committee. She is also a volunteer middle school math mentor for Help One Student to Succeed and co-captain of the University of Houston – Victoria softball team. Lindley received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and will attend graduate school at the University of Houston – Victoria. She replaces Tamara K. Goodwin of Houston.

University of North Texas
Jennifer Ozan of Fort Worth is a medical student at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She is student president of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2010, and a member of the American College of Family Physicians, Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, and American Association of Osteopathic Women Physicians. She is also a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Bowl for Kids Sake. Ozan received a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and is pursuing a doctorate of osteopathy from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She replaces Meghan Vittrup of Lewisville.

University of Texas System
Karim A. Meijer of Katy is a medical student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. He is vice president of the class of 2010, director of Healthcare Finance Elective and president of the Orthopaedic Student Interest Group. He is also a volunteer with UT Southwestern’s United to Serve. Meijer received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, where he played on the 2005 National Champion Longhorn Football Team, and is pursuing a medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. He replaces Benjamin Dower of Austin.

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