Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Gov. Perry Appoints Student Regent
Coby Ray, a student in the M.D./MBA program, is the ninth student regent to serve the Texas Tech University System.
Written by Dailey Fuller
Ray is currently studying to become a pediatric neurosurgeon.
Gov. Rick Perry has announced the appointment of Coby Ray as the new Texas Tech University System student regent for 2014-2015.
Ray, a dual degree student in the joint M.D./MBA program between Texas Tech and TTUHSC, becomes the ninth student to serve on the Board of Regents. His one-year term begins June 1.
“Coby has been a proven leader during his time at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center,” Chancellor Kent Hance said. “He previously earned his master’s degree from the Rawls College of Business, and I know he will do an outstanding job representing the students from each of our component institutions.”
Ray, a native of Plano, Texas, received his bachelor’s degree in sports management from the University of North Texas in 2008. He earned his MBA from Texas Tech in 2013. Ray is currently studying to become a pediatric neurosurgeon as a fourth-year medical student.
“It is a huge honor to have been appointed student regent,” Ray said. “I am excited to work alongside the Board of Regents and look forward to serving as an advocate for my fellow students throughout the Texas Tech University System.”
Ray is married to Morgan Ray, a science teacher at Heritage Middle School in the Frenship Independent School District. Morgan will receive her Master of Education from Texas Tech in May 2014. Coby and Morgan recently welcomed their first child, Cora Elizabeth, in March 2014. They reside in Lubbock, Texas.
By law, the student regent rotates among Texas Tech, TTUHSC, TTUHSC at El Paso and Angelo State University and serves a one-year term. Ray replaces Joshua Heimbecker of Angelo State University who was appointed in 2013.
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Texas Tech University System
The Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the state of Texas, consisting of four component institutions and operating at 12 academic sites and centers. Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the TTU System has an annual operating budget of $1.7 billion and approximately 17,000 employees focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach.
In 2013, total research expenditures approached $200 million and total enrollment exceeded 44,000 students for the first time in the TTU System’s history. Whether it’s contributing billions of dollars annually in economic impact or being the only system in Texas to house an academic institution, law school, and medical school at the same location, the TTU System continues to prove that anything is possible.