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TSTC Hosts Annual Board of Regents Dinner

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

BOR DinnerThe community's civic and educational leaders came out in full force on Wednesday to show their strong relationship with Texas State Technical College at the annual TSTC Board of Regents dinner at the Cultural Arts Center.

The Board of Regents were in Harlingen this week for a quarterly meeting and TSTC System Chancellor Mike Reeser said it was important to gather for one night and catch up with TSTC's partners in education from the area.

"As a system, it's important for us to come down here and meet with the leaders in this region that share in our educational goals," Reeser said.

One of TSTC's biggest partners, the Harlingen school district, has a strong dual enrollment partnership with the college. HCISD's Early College High School is located on the TSTC campus and its students are enrolled in one of TSTC's programs concurrently while attending high school.

HCISD Superintendent Art Cavazos said the event was a nice way to celebrate this partnership.

"We share the same vision with TSTC to get our kids college- and career-ready," Cavazos said. "TSTC gives our kids a huge opportunity to excel with our Early College High School."

The TSTC System is governed by a nine-member Board of Regents who are appointed by the governor to six-year terms. The board meets quarterly to provide leadership and enact policies for the successful management and operation of the TSTC System.

The Board of Regents are Chairman Ellis M. Skinner, Joe M. Gurecky, Linda McKenna, Penny Forrest, Ivan Andarza, John K. Hatchel, Joe K. Hearne, Keith Honey and james Virgil (J.V.) Martin.

Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell said working together with TSTC on projects like the University Center has solidified the relationship between TSTC and the City of Harlingen. The bill for the University Center was split between the city and TSTC.

"We have a very strong relationship and that's because of the input we give when the regents are down here," Boswell said. "I'm glad they can come down here once a year and visit the best college in their system."

TSTC President Cesar Maldonado said that the students of TSTC are the ultimate benefactors of these quarterly meetings.

"We have a very strong board who makes student success a high priority," Maldonado said.

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