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Gov. Perry Appoints Student Regent for TTU System

February 6, 2007 | Written by Sally Logue Post

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Ebtesam Attaya Islam as the Texas Tech University System Student Regent.

Attaya Islam, a second year medical student from Lubbock, is the first student from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to serve on the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents. She also earned a doctorate in cell and molecular biology in 2005.

"I'm extremely honored to be selected to serve the as student regent," said Attaya Islam. "I am very much looking forward to representing our students from both universities on the board."

"Ebtesam is an outstanding young woman and will do an exemplary job on the Board of Regents," said Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, interim president of the Health Sciences Center.

"We look forward to having Ebtesam join us on the board," said L. Fredrick Francis, chairman of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents. "Our experience has been that student regents lend a fresh insight into the issues that come before the board."

"Students are our first priority at Texas Tech," said Chancellor Kent Hance. "Having a student regent gives the students of both universities direct input into the decision making process. I look forward to working with Ebtesam."

The first student regent, appointed in 2006, came from Texas Tech University. By law, the student regent will rotate between Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and will serve a one-year term.