Regents to convene at Texas State

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News Reporter

The university will host the first board of regents meeting under a bill passed by the Texas House of Representatives last year requiring more transparency from the system later this month.

Under House Bill 31, all meetings of “the governing board of a general academic teaching institution or a state university system” must be accessible by the general public online. The webcasts are required to be archived for future viewings.
Governor Rick Perry signed the bill into law in June. The meeting will be held in the LBJ Student Center Feb. 27 and will be available as a webcast online.

The board of regents is the governing board for Texas State and other universities in the Texas State University System (TSUS), said Robert Gratz, special assistant to the university president. The board is governed by nine members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Texas Senate, according to the board of regents website.

Mike Wintemute, director of communications for the board of regents, said the quarterly meetings rotate to various universities within TSUS. Students normally cannot attend every meeting because of their locations, but by having the meetings available online students have “an opportunity to view them from wherever,” he said.

It is not known how many people are expected to watch the meeting online since this is the first time it will be streamed. Attendance at meetings vary depending on which issues are presented, but most meetings have anywhere from 50 to 100 people present, Wintemute said.

Administrators are not concerned about any technical difficulties in streaming the event.

“We think we’ve developed a good plan,” Gratz said. “We look forward to the opportunity to provide this service.”
Matthew Russell, student regent, said the structure of the meeting will remain the same.

The upcoming meeting’s webcast, as well as all future meetings, will be available on the TSUS website under the board of regents page, Wintemute said.

Russell said he hopes students will watch the meetings so they can learn about the board of regents.

“I always encourage students to come and watch,” he said. “It gives a sense of transparency.”