UHV student sworn in as next student on UH System Board of Regents

UHV student Alvaro De la Cruz Jr., center, stands with UHV administrators
UHV student Alvaro De la Cruz Jr., center, stands with UHV administrators after being sworn in Tuesday as the newly appointed student regent on the UH System Board of Regents. De la Cruz was appointed student regent through May 31, 2021, by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. He is the second UHV student to serve as the student regent since UHV was founded more than 45 years ago. The student regent works with the nine members of the UH System Board of Regents to make governing decisions for the system and each university. Although the student regent does not vote, De la Cruz will represent the voice of the system’s 74,000 students during the board’s quarterly meetings. De la Cruz is a Converse resident and previously served as president of the UHV Student Government Association. He is a residence hall coordinator for UHV Residence Life, advisor of the Residence Hall Association and is pursuing a Master of Education in Adult & Higher Education. In 2019, he graduated from UHV with a Bachelor of Science in biology. Also pictured, from left, are President Bob Glenn; Chance Glenn, provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Residence Life Director Brandon Lee.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Amber Aldaco