WTAMU Student Appointed as New Regent

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John D. White, chairman of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, issued the following statement today regarding the appointment of Cassidy Ann Daniel of West Texas A&M University in Canyon as student regent. Governor Rick Perry announced the appointment of Daniel and nine other students to higher education governing boards across the state on Monday.

"On behalf of the A&M System Board of Regents, I would like to congratulate and welcome Cassidy to this important leadership role and look forward to working with her during the next year," said Board of Regents Chairman, John D. White. "She has impressive credentials that will serve her fellow students well."

"In addition, I would like to thank our first student regent, Tyson Voelkel, for his strong commitment to the board and for the standard of excellence he has set in paving the way for future student regents," White said. "We wish Tyson well as he prepares to graduate with his master's degree in May and begins his teaching assignment at the United States Military Academy at West Point."

Cassidy Ann Daniel of Hereford is the president pro tempore of the West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) Student Senate. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, Mortar Board, and a former member of Tau Beta Sigma, the national band service sorority. Daniel is a 2006 Ronald Reagan Future Leaders' Scholar, and a 2003 Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. Currently, she serves as the Chapter Chairman for the Young Conservatives of Texas at WTAMU and is the State Vice Chairman of Chapter Relations. Daniel, a senior, is pursuing a bachelor' s degree in political science.

In 2005, Gov. Perry signed legislation directing each public university board of regents to include one student member. Student regents have the same powers and duties as regular board members, with the exception of voting and being counted to determine a quorum.

Daniel's one-year term as Student Regent is effective immediately and will expire on Feb. 1, 2008.