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February 3, 2006

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Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, 512-471-7330

UT Law Congratulates Student Regent Brian J. Haley

First-year UT Law student is the first student named to the UT System Board of Regents

Photo of Brian J. Haley
Student regent Brian Haley and Francie Frederick, secretary and general counsel to the UT System Board of Regents, review material that every regent receives before next week's scheduled board meeting on Feb. 8–9. (Photo courtesy of The University of Texas System.)

AUSTIN, Texas―Steven Goode, interim dean of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, issued the following statement Friday regarding the appointment of Brian J. Haley, a first-year UT law student, to the UT System Board of Regents. On Friday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry appointed Haley and nine other students to the higher education governing boards across the state.

"We think that the governor chose very wisely when he appointed Brian to the Board of Regents. Brian will be a great addition to the Board," Goode said.

Haley, 24, becomes the first student regent in the more than 100-year history of the UT System Board of Regents. All the new regents' terms will expire Feb. 1, 2007.

Haley of Corinth, Texas, received a bachelor's degree in government from UT-Austin and served as its student government president during 2003 and 2004. He is former vice chair of the UT Student Union board of directors and a former member of the Tuition Policy Advisory Committee.

In a statement released Friday by the UT System Board of Regents, Haley said he was "honored and privileged to serve as the first student" on the Board. "I look forward to working with the Governor, his staff, and the other members of the Board over the coming year to promote and enhance higher education in Texas," he said.

Haley, whose new position is non-voting, will attend his first UT System Board of Regents next week in Austin on Feb. 8–9. Before each regents meeting, he will need to review hundreds of pages of reading material that is sent to all regents.

A law passed June 17 by the 79th Legislature created a student regent position for each of the 10 public universities and university systems in Texas. Student regents will have the same powers and duties as the members of the board of regents, with the exception of voting and being counted to determine a quorum, which is the number of members necessary to start a meeting. As student regent, Haley represents more than 184,000 students from the 14 student institutions in the UT System.

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