For the second time in three years, a Tennessee Tech University student will speak for the more than 200,000 students in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.
Junior Lee Gatts was recently appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to the 18-member board as student regent. He will hold the position for the next year.
“I am honored to fulfill the position as Student Regent for the TBR and look forward to representing the 200,000-plus students in Tennessee this year,’” the 20-year-old political science major said. “I’m very excited to get started.”
As Regent, the Livingston native will have a vote on all issues facing the board. Though he says he looks forward to weighing in on key issues of funding and administration, he hopes to reach out to as many students as possible and let them know they have a voice.
“Serving as a member of student government for the past two years, has really shown me what an impact students can really have,” Gatts said. “I wanted to broaden my horizons and reach out to more students to try to improve the college experience for all of us.”
Son of Tim and Angie Sells of Livingston and Donnie Gatts of Algood, Tenn., Gatts is also president of TTU’s student government association, video coordinator of the football team and a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After graduation, he plans to go to law school.
In 2009-10, Sean Ochsenbein also served as Student Regent of the TBR. Ochsenbein graduated in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in biology.
The TBR consists of six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 27 technology centers. It offers programs in 90 of Tennessee’s 95 counties.