It was a historic day for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) as the institution’s first student regent participated in his ceremonial swearing-in during the Texas Tech University (TTU) System Board of Regents meeting Thursday, August 11.
As student regent, Jeremy Stewart will represent not just TTUHSC El Paso, but nearly 50,000 students across the entire TTU System for the 2016-17 academic year.
By statute, the student regent is a non-voting member of the board, but has the same duties as board members, including the right to attend and participate in board meetings. However, the student regent may not vote on any matter before the board, nor make or second any motion before the board.
Stewart’s appointment to the prestigious position by Texas Governor Greg Abbott marks the first time that a TTUHSC El Paso student has been appointed student regent for the TTU System Board of Regents.
Currently a fourth-year medical student at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Stewart also serves as the 2017 class president of the Medical Student Council. He is a former president of the university’s Student Government Association and was a 2015 representative for the Texas Medical Association. In addition, Stewart was recently inducted into the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Gold Humanism Honor Society.
Before joining TTUHSC El Paso, Stewart earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from The University of Texas at Austin.
Stewart’s one-year term began June 1. He replaces Victoria Messer of Texas Tech University, who was appointed in 2015.