In search of a student regent

The Eastern New Mexico University Student Government Association is currently accepting applications for the position of student regent for the ENMU system.

According to ENMU President Jeff Elwell, the student regent participates in all of the duties and responsibilities of a regent (i.e. attends all board and committee meetings) and has full voting powers on the ENMU Board of Regents.

“The duties of the regents include overseeing campus development, tuition increases, room and board, adding or getting rid of certain programs, and granting tenure to professors on campus,” said Elwell.

The current student regent, psychology/criminal justice major Kekoa Von Schriltz, is set to graduate in December, leaving the position open. A resident of Las Cruces, Kekoa was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez and is an active student on campus and a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He previously served as the president’s ambassador, a driver for Safe Ride, and as a student senator for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The requirements of being considered for student regent include:

  • Must be available to serve two-year term (spring 2019–fall 2020)

  • Must be a current undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at ENMU

  • Must be in and have remained in good standing with ENMU

  • Must have completed 30 or more credit hours before spring 2019

  • Must have attended ENMU during the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters

  • Must possess a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or greater when appointed

  • Must not have a substantiated violation of the ENMU Student Code of Conduct

If appointed, the student regent must relinquish any Student Government Association position, and the applicant must declare political affiliation.

After applications are submitted, those who have applied are then interviewed by the Student Senate until the five most qualified candidates are chosen.

“The qualities they look for include being an active member of campus events or clubs and being active in student government,” said Elwell.

The candidates are then submitted to Elwell, who passes them to the governor of New Mexico, who appoints one of the final five students to be student regent.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Nov. 2.

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