Gov. Greg Abbott has
appointed Leia De La Garza to serve as the Midwestern State University Student
Regent for a one-year term effective June 1, 2018. She is currently pursuing a
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.
On the MSU Texas campus, De
La Garza is a senator for the Pre-Professional Club, a student organization
that focuses on providing information and assistance to students interested in
pursuing professional degrees. She is president of the Omicron Theta
Chapter of Chi Omega. She has served as a peer mentor to more than 30 freshmen,
providing guidance for those students to succeed in their first semester.
De La Garza is the
recipient of a Redwine Honors Scholarship, an Academic Merit Scholarship, Norwood
Memorial Criminal Justice Scholarship, a Peer Mentor Scholarship, an A-Team
Scholarship, and a Rising Latina Award. She works with the MSU Texas Admissions
office and gives tours to prospective students and their parents.
Student regent is the
highest appointed position of a student at Texas public institutions of higher
education. The student regent represents all students, both undergraduates and
graduates, for a one-year term on the Board of Regents, the university’s
governing board. This position represents students in discussions of key issues
in higher education. Although the student regent does not vote, he or she has
the opportunity to have important input in decisions affecting the future of the
De La Garza will replace Shayla
Owens, whose term expired May 31.