Jonathan Gallegos, a University of North Texas senior accounting major from San Angelo, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to serve as the UNT System's student regent.
Gallegos, son of Grant and Karen Loemker, is pursuing both a bachelor's and master's degree in accounting and will graduate in December 2011. Gallegos was inspired to study accounting by his stepfather, who is also an accountant.
As the student regent, Gallegos said his primary goal is to support the diverse students and their changing needs on all three UNT System campuses. Gallegos said he will focus on campus life and university activities and encourages individual students and student organizations to contact him with their concerns.
"I want to open the channels of communication between myself and various groups on our campuses. I will voice the concerns of the students, and if an issue is pressing, that's something that I want to know about and bring to the board," said Gallegos. "If there's something good happening at UNT or the UNT Health Science Center or UNT at Dallas, I want the Board of Regents to know about it so we can improve it and increase its availability for more people."
Gallegos added that listening to students and taking steps to advance the university will increase the value of degrees from UNT System institutions and contribute to their prestige.
Authorized by the Texas Legislature in 2005, the student regent holds a one-year term beginning in June and is charged with representing the interests of students as well as the interests of the State of Texas and the university system. Gallegos is among 10 students that Perry appointed to their respective university system boards. The selection of the student regent rotates among the institutions in the UNT System each year as required by state law.
"I want to extend my congratulations to Jonathan Gallegos upon his appointment as student regent," said UNT System Chancellor Lee F. Jackson. "Student regent is the highest position a student in Texas public higher education can hold. He will be representing all UNT System students in Board of Regent discussions and will have the opportunity to provide valuable insight on decisions affecting all UNT System students."
While not a voting member of the nine-member UNT System Board of Regents, Gallegos may serve on task forces, committees and special commissions, and will attend meetings of the board of regents and other activities required by the Office of the Governor and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. "Jonathan will receive all the same information as the other Regents and participate in all of our Board's meetings with the exception of making or voting on motions," Jackson said.
Gallegos is co-owner and co-founder of Spyre Marketing Group LLP and a member of the Beta Alpha Psi Honors Accounting Organization. He is a past student senator for the UNT College of Business, past chair of the Student Government Fiscal Committee and a past UNT Student Government Sergeant at Arms. He is also a past UNT Residence Life Advisory Delegate and a past member of the Raupe Travel Grant Selection Committee.
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