June 25, 2019 — As John Fields enters his third and final year as a University of Houston Law Center student, he will have a unique responsibility in addition to his course work, working as a student regent.
Fields was selected to the University of Houston System Board of Regents by Gov. Greg Abbott on May 23 and started his position this month. During his one-year term, Fields said he is eager to achieve a better understanding of UH System students and to represent their thoughts and feelings earnestly to the board.
“I was interested in bringing my experiences as a former UH undergraduate student and a current graduate student together in order to have the opportunity to serve students across the University of Houston System,” Fields said.
“My main goal is to learn the perspectives of students across the four universities within the system and bring those perspectives to the Board of Regents. The UH System has a vast array of students from all walks of life and I want to advocate well on behalf of those students.”
The process of being appointed student regent lasted several months, beginning with an application to the UH Student Government Association. Fields then interviewed with Dr. Richard Walker, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, and Jason Smith, Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations.
“A few months after that interview, I had a phone interview with Governor Abbott’s appointment office,” Fields said. “Several weeks later, the governor's office called to let me know that Governor Abbott was planning on appointing me to the position.”
In addition to being a student regent, Fields is president of the Law Center’s student chapter of the Federalist Society, treasurer of the Christian Legal Society and a member of the mock trial team.
“Extracurricular activities are an essential part of a well-rounded education,” he said. “I have built amazing relationships participating in extracurricular activities that I would not have otherwise.”