Georgia Blackwell Named Student Representative to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board | KLBK | KAMC

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LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press release from the Texas Tech University System:

Texas Governor Greg Abbott nominated Georgia Blackwell as a student representative to serve on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Council (THECB). His one-year term will begin immediately and expire on May 31, 2023, Abbott’s office announced [Wednesday] (June 8).

Blackwell, a native of Venus, Texas, is currently pursuing doctoral studies in dentistry at the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine in Texas Tech University El Paso Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC El Paso). She is expected to graduate in May 2025.

She is president of the Student Government Association (SGA) and has held numerous positions for the SGA at TTUHSC El Paso. She also served as co-chair of fundraising for the American Student Dental Association in 2021-2022. Blackwell is currently involved with the Dental Outreach Committee and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Blackwell becomes the fourth student in a Texas Tech University System institution to be appointed student representative within THECB. Lauren McKenzie, a Texas University of Technology (TTU) student, was selected in 2019; Christina Delgado, a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center student, was selected in 2015; and Heather Morris, a TTU student, was selected in 2009.

The student slot was created in 2008, with the governor appointing a student from the state to serve as a nonvoting member for a one-year term on the nine-member council.

“Our entire TTUHSC El Paso community is thrilled with Georgia’s appointment to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Council, and I’m confident his leadership will have a positive impact on students across Texas,” said the President of TTUHSC El Paso. Richard Lange, MD, MBA “As a member of the inaugural class of the Hunt School of Dental Medicine, she demonstrated a passion for advancing our community, while investing her time in advocating for our talented students. These experiences will no doubt contribute to his success in this new endeavor.

Blackwell graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 2021 with an honors bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in general affairs. As an undergraduate, Blackwell served as vice president of administration and a member of several committees for Alpha Omicron Pi and attended the organization’s international convention and leadership institute.

She has received countless awards and accomplishments at OSU, including the 2021 Dean’s Award of Excellence at Ferguson College of Agriculture; OSU Senior of Significance; Ferguson College of Agriculture Senior of Distinction; James E. Webster Award – OSU Department of Molecular Biology of Biochemistry; National Junior Angus Association Gold Medalist; and Alpha Omicron Pi Collegiate Woman of Leadership Award, to name a few.

“It will be a rewarding and rewarding opportunity for Georgia to serve fellow students in Texas as a representative on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board,” said Tedd L. Mitchell, MD, chancellor of the TTU system. “We are extremely proud of her role as a representative of higher education students across the state, as well as the Texas Tech University System and our institutions on the Coordinating Council for this upcoming academic year.”

About the Texas Tech University System
Created in 1996, the Texas Tech University System is one of the best public university systems in the state of Texas and the country, consisting of four universities –Texas University of Technology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University El Paso Health Sciences Center.

Based in Lubbock, Texas, the TTU System is a $2 billion company focused on advancing higher education, healthcare, research and outreach with approximately 20,000 employees, more than 54 000 students, over 340,000 alumni and an endowment of over $1.3 billion.

Over its short history, the TTU system has grown significantly and is nationally recognized, operating at 17 campuses statewide and internationally. Under the dynamic leadership of the Chancellor Dr. Tedd L. Mitchellthe TTU system has defined a bold vision of excellence, collaboration and innovation and continues to prove that from here it is possible.

(Texas Tech University System press release)

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