Alvaro De la Cruz Jr., a recent graduate of the University of Houston–Victoria, has been appointed as a student regent on the UH System Board of Regents by Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, until …
Alvaro De la Cruz Jr., a recent graduate of the University of Houston–Victoria, has been appointed as a student regent on the UH System Board of Regents by Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, until May 31, 2021. As a student regent, he gets to attend UH board meetings with nine board members and represents the voice of the university’s students. Although, he doesn’t get a vote in final decisions, De la Cruz Jr. is grateful for the opportunity to be the second UHV student regent in over 45 years.
“This appointment is an incredible honor, and I am so excited to be able to represent my university and all of the UH System’s students,” De la Cruz said. “It’s a huge responsibility, and I’m looking forward to being part of this critical group.”
De la Cruz Jr. is no stranger to being in leadership roles as he has held many over the course of his college career, said UHV President Bob Glenn. As an undergraduate he has been the president over two organizations, the vice president of one and has served in many other capacities for other organizations. He has also won many awards recognizing his leadership in the student community.
“Alvaro is a young man who has become a major part of the student leadership group at UHV,” Glenn said. “His commitment to excellence and his love for the university have made a lasting impact on UHV. I am excited to see how he will bring that same level of excellence to serve as the student representative for the Board of Regents.”
Usually, a student regent begins by touring each campus apart of the UH system, but because of COVID-19, De la Cruz Jr. must use alternate methods for touring.
“It’s important for me to know about each institution so I can offer an accurate student perspective,” De la Cruz Jr. said. “We’re looking into scheduling virtual sessions, so I can still meet the leaders of each university while also practicing social distancing.”
De la Cruz Jr. said he is excited to start his year long term and is grateful for the support of his friends and advisors over the course of his undergraduate studies and application process for student regent.
“I have a wonderful support system of friends and advisors who have believed in and encouraged me,” he said. “They are always giving me positive feedback. They don’t let me forget that in everything I do, I always give my best. Now I plan to bring that commitment to my role as student regent so I can do a good job for everyone in the UH System.”