As various officials made their reports at the Texas A&M System Board of Regents meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Memorial Student Union Building, Regent Quentin Womack listened intently and followed every word.
Among the nine regents appointed by the Gov. Rick Perry, Womack was the youngest and most interested because he said he feels the decisions the A&M System makes directly impacts students the most.
Womack, a junior accounting major at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, is the lone student representative on the A&M System Board. He was appointed by the governor last spring.
A third-generation Javelina, Womack is also Honors Council President, and Academic Chair for the Student Government Association (SGA). He is still a bit overwhelmed by the appointment that makes him the lone student representative on the A&M System board of regents that represents 11 universities, seven state agencies and a health science center throughout Texas.
“When I got the call that I had been given the appointment, I was in class and walked out to take the call. It was one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever had,” Womack said.
In the months that he has been in his position, Womack said he has been exposed to higher education, government, and the management of a large multibillion dollar entity.
“I’ve had the pleasure to tour John H. Shary scholarship by his high school, an award for most outstanding male student.
“I wanted to make friends and a difference. I wanted to learn things you cannot be taught in classrooms. There are many soft skills that you can only get through involvement,” Womack said.
People that have worked with Womack have had nothing but positive things to say about him.
“He works hard and goes after everything he wants. He’s great at everything he does, he’s able to manage his time very well, and he doesn’t give one thing more attention than other,” said Brittany Ambriz, Senator Pro Tempore of SGA.
On a personal level, he’s a genuine friend, Ambriz added.
“Quinten likes to be involved and he’s not one of those that signs up for a group and never does anything. He is actively involved in what he does,” said Sue Nichols, Honors Council Advisor.
His interests are many, so he involves himself in various things. If there is something he encounters that he is not knowledgeable about, he takes the time to learn the issue before making an informed decision about it, Nichols said.
“We like to think of him as Richie Cunningham from Happy Days. He’s just the ‘All-American’ kid. He’s polite, he’s charming, he’s smart, he really cares about things, but he just goes full-force for whatever he puts himself out to,” Nichols said.
Womack’s been known to chat outside his room, in the hallway, with other residents about random things. He just loves to socialize with people, Nichols said.
“I’ve taken the leadership positions I have because I saw an opportunity to grow…and make a difference in my community. My favorite part is the people. I like to make connections with people and learn from them. There are a lot of great students, faculty, and administrators at TAMUK and across the state,” Womack said.