Gov. Perry Appoints Student Regent for Texas Tech University System
February 6, 2007
Texas Gov. Rick Perry appoints Ebtesam Attaya Islam as the Texas Tech University System
Texas Gov. Rick Perry today (Feb. 5) appointed Ebtesam Attaya Islam as the Texas
Tech University System Student Regent.
Attaya Islam, a second year medical student from Lubbock, is the first student from
the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to serve on the Texas Tech University
System Board of Regents. She also earned a doctorate in cell and molecular biology
“I’m extremely honored to be selected to serve the as student regent,” said Attaya
Islam. “I am very much looking forward to representing our students from both universities
on the board.”
“Ebtesam is an outstanding young woman and will do an exemplary job on the Board of
Regents,” said Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, interim president of the Health Sciences Center.
“We look forward to having Ebtesam join us on the board,” said L. Fredrick Francis,
chairman of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents. “Our experience has
been that student regents lend a fresh insight into the issues that come before the
“Students are our first priority at Texas Tech,” said Chancellor Kent Hance. “Having
a student regent gives the students of both universities direct input into the decision
making process. I look forward to working with Ebtesam.”
The first student regent, appointed in 2006, came from Texas Tech University. By law,
the student regent will rotate between Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center and will serve a one-year term.