NEW STUDENT MEMBER OF UH SYSTEM BOARD
OF REGENTS ANNOUNCED
Gov. Perry Appoints UH-Downtown Computer Science Major Christopher
HOUSTON, February 7, 2007 – Christopher Sharpe, a computer
science major at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), has been
appointed regent for the University of Houston System.
Sharpe is one of nine such students who will serve as regents
announced by Gov. Rick Perry. In 2005, the governor signed legislation
directing each public university board of regents to include one
student member. These 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.
Sharpe’s term will run through Feb. 1, 2008. He replaces
Robert Johnson, a University of Houston law student.
“We’re pleased to welcome this young student from the
University of Houston-Downtown into our ranks,” said Leroy
Hermes, chairman of the University of Houston System Board of Regents.
“His predecessor was a productive member of the board, and
we know that Christopher Sharpe will continue to make an important
contribution representing the student perspective.”
Sharpe, who is from Houston and was home schooled, is the president
and former vice president of the Student Government Association
at UHD. He has been a member of the UHD Scholars Academy, an academically
competitive program in the College of Science and Technology that
promotes scholarship and student success for undergraduate students
majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“As a regent who is also a student, I can provide a vehicle
to address issues common to all campuses within the UH System,”
Sharpe said. “This position will allow me to encourage the
active communication and participation of students regarding system-wide
concerns, and further the cooperative interaction between students
Sharpe works as a network administrator for Lighthouse Document
Solutions, where he establishes and maintains office systems and
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SYSTEM
The University of Houston System is the state’s only metropolitan
higher education system, encompassing four universities and two
multi-institution teaching centers. The universities are the University
of Houston, a nationally recognized doctoral degree-granting, comprehensive
research university; the University of Houston-Downtown, a four-year
undergraduate university beginning limited expansion into graduate
programs; and the University of Houston-Clear Lake and the University
of Houston-Victoria, both upper division and master’s-level
institutions. The centers are the UH System at Sugar Land in Fort
Bend and the UH System at Cinco Ranch. In addition, the UH System
includes KUHF-FM, Houston’s National Public Radio and classical
radio station, and KUHT-TV, the nation’s first educational
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