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Gov. Abbott Appoints Student Regent, Student Representative

Victoria Messer of Canyon is a law student at Texas Tech University; Christina Delgado of Lubbock is a graduate student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. 

July 2, 2015 | Written by Doug Hensley

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Victoria Messer as student regent for the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents, his office announced Thursday.

Messer is from Canyon and is a third-year student in the Texas Tech University School of Law. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas Tech University.

“I look forward to working with Victoria and hearing her input over the next year on the issues facing the Texas Tech University System,” said Chancellor Robert L. Duncan. “Student regents provide a unique perspective, and I appreciate their insights as well as their willingness to serve in this important role.”

As an undergraduate student, Messer served as a Chancellor’s Ambassador and was selected to Mortar Board. She has served as a graduate legal assistant in the Office of the President and also as an intern for Duncan in 2011 when he was a member of the Texas Senate.

Messer is one of 10 student regents appointed for terms that expire May 31, 2016. Messer replaces Coby Ray, a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center student whose term expired at the end of May.

Her first Board of Regents meeting will take place Aug. 6-7 in Lubbock.

In addition to Messer’s appointment, Abbott tabbed Christina Delgado to serve as the student representative on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Delgado is from Lubbock and is pursuing a master’s degree in speech pathology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from North Greenville University and holds a master’s degree in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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Delgado is the second student from a Texas Tech University System institution to be appointed a student rep on the coordinating board. Heather Morris, a Texas Tech University student, was selected in 2009. The student slot was created in 2008 with the governor to appoint one student in the state to serve as a non-voting member for a one-year term on the nine-member board.

Abbott also appointed student representatives for Midwestern State University, Stephen F. Austin University, the Texas A&M University System, Texas Southern University, the Texas State University System, Texas Woman’s University, the University of Houston System, the University of North Texas System and the University of Texas System.

About the Texas Tech University System 
The Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the nation, consisting of four component institutions —Texas Tech UniversityTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterAngelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso—and operating at 12 academic sites and centers.  Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the Texas Tech University System has an annual operating budget of $1.7 billion and approximately 17,000 employees focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach around the globe.  

In 2014, the Texas Tech University System endowment exceeded $1 billion, total research expenditures were approximately $215 million and total enrollment approached 47,000 students. Whether it’s contributing billions of dollars annually in economic impact or being the only system in Texas to house an academic institution, law school and medical school at the same location, the Texas Tech University System continues to prove that anything is possible.