Leading the Way
A&S Young Alumnus Sean Lewis
Appointed to Board of Regents
Written by Glenys Young
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott seems to have his eye on Texas Tech University students.
In May, Abbott appointed Arts & Sciences young alumnus Sean Lewis as the student regent for the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents. His term began June 1, 2019 and runs through May 31, 2020. Another TTU student, Lauren McKenzie, an undergraduate in the College of Human Sciences, was appointed by the governor as the student representative on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Lewis, originally from Detroit, is pursuing a juris doctorate from the Texas Tech School of Law. He received his bachelor's degree in history, with a minor in political science, from Texas Tech's College of Arts & Sciences during the spring 2019 commencement. Lewis becomes the 14th student to serve on the Board of Regents and is the fifth student regent from Texas Tech.
"I am pleased Sean has been appointed to the board and look forward to continuing the working relationship we developed while he was an undergraduate student," said Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec. "Sean's experience as Student Government president during the last year and his familiarity with members of the board will greatly benefit his transition into this role. Our student regents share unique perspectives and reflect the student body's viewpoints, which are critical in guiding the board's direction."
While serving as Student Body President of the Texas Tech Student Government Association (SGA), Lewis advocated for students in both Washington, D.C., and Austin, meeting with elected officials, agencies and industry professionals regarding college affordability, diversity, health care and mental health.
Lewis served as a political affairs intern at The White House in the Executive Office of the President in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2017. He assisted the White House regional political director with outreach to influential stakeholders.
He also served a one-year stint as a campaign assistant for Rep. Jodey Arrington from 2015 to 2016. He volunteered for the 19th Congressional District and served as a liaison between the Texas Tech student body and the campaign.
"Sean has proven himself a leader during his time at Texas Tech including serving as SGA president this past year," Texas Tech System Chancellor Tedd. L. Mitchell said. "He will be a great voice for more than 54,000 students in our system, and I look forward to working with him."
Lewis's first Board of Regents meeting will take place Aug. 8-9 in Lubbock. He replaces Jane Gilmore of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), who was appointed in 2018.
About the Texas Tech University System
Established in 1996, the Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the state of Texas and nation, consisting of four universities—Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.
Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the TTU System is a $2 billion enterprise focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach with approximately 20,000 employees, over 54,000 students, more than 340,000 alumni and an endowment over $1.3 billion.
In its short history, the TTU System has grown tremendously and is nationally acclaimed, operating on 17 campuses statewide and internationally. Under the dynamic leadership of Chancellor Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell, the TTU System has set forth a bold vision of excellence, collaboration and innovation and continues to prove that from here, it's possible.