Texas Tech's newest regent, Jill Fadal, seizes opportunities when they come her way.
"The sky's the limit," the 22-year-old medical and MBA student said about her career prospects. "So much of life is just taking opportunities when they come to you."
Her philosophy also extends to her views of guiding a large state university system.
She said she approves of Tech's tier-one designs and its goal to reach an enrollment of 40,000 students by the end of the decade.
So, Tech and Fadal share that much.
On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Perry appointed Fadal to serve as the system's sixth student regent, a non-voting position intended to give students a voice in the highest level of the school's administration.
Her appointment follows a tight vetting process, climbing from the local student government to the halls of power in Austin. Fadal says she "tried to apply with some confidence," but there are no guarantees.
She's honored to be selected.
"I thought this would be a really impactful way to give back to this university system," she said. "At the end of my career at the Texas Tech system, I'll have three degrees. And I owe (Tech) a lot."
Each student appointee, selected in rotation from one of the system's three institutions, serves for a year. Fadal will begin her post June 1 when Angelo State University undergraduate Jeff Harris vacates the post.
Fadal, an Austin native, aspires to become a doctor -- an orthopedic surgeon, if plans work out -- upon graduating from Tech with her medical and business administration degrees.
Today she has one foot in Tech's Health Sciences Center and another at its Rawls College of Business, but she also serves as president-elect of the HSC's orthopedics club and serves as vice president of Tech's MD/MBA Association.
Fadal also earned her general-studies bachelor's degree at Tech in 2009.
"Jill was an excellent undergraduate student at Texas Tech, and we welcome her to the board," Tech Chancellor Kent Hance said Wednesday in a statement. "As students remain our first priority, having a student regent is vital to our continued success, and I am confident she will do an outstanding job representing our three universities."
While an undergraduate at Tech, Fadal was a member of the President's Select program that handpicks some of the university's brightest for recruitment and ambassadorship.
Tech president Guy Bailey, in the statement, said Fadal is "smart, mature and energetic."
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