Meet Krystafer Redden, an ambitious UH sophomore whose plans for his future include being a voice for his fellow Texas undergraduates.
Krystafer Redden is an over-achiever. The sophomore, double major, honors student, who has a passion for politics and public policy, now has a new credential. He is the student representative to the Undergraduate Advisory Committee
of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
"My primary job is to serve as the sole student voice on the committee and I feel that's extremely important," Redden said. "It's intimidating, scary — perhaps terrifying — once one realizes that it's not just about you; it's not just about your university; it's about students in every public college and university across the state, which is a huge group of people."
The Undergraduate Advisory Committee provides recommendations to the board regarding the direction of undergraduate education in Texas. Redden applied for the position and later was appointed by the governor. His two-year term begins in June. He will travel to Austin at least twice a semester and will be a non-voting member of the committee.
While he anticipates working with the office of UH President Renu Khator, Redden will speak for undergraduates in all Texas public institutions of higher education. He is already aware of some concerns.
"For example, the ability of universities across the state to pursue research opportunities both for undergraduates and their faculty in terms of increasing research dollars and output. There also are concerns with keeping academically competitive students here in the state of Texas," he said.
Redden's professional goals may include politics or law school, but he's hopeful that his appointment as a spokesperson for Texas college students leaves a lasting impression.
"I hope to be able to say that undergraduate education in the state of Texas has improved," he said.
Krystafer Redden is part of what's happening at the University of Houston. I'm Marisa Ramirez.
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