The University of North Texas System has a new regent.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry appointed Ernie Kuehne as regent this week. Kuehne, a UNT graduate and president of the Kuehne Oil Company in Dallas, is filling the post recently vacated by Dr. Michael Williams. Kuehne's appointment is effective immediately, according to a press release issued by the UNT System.
"I'm proud and honored to be named to the board of regents of my alma mater," Kuehne said in a statement. "The University of North Texas had a profound influence on my life. Working with the other regents will give me the opportunity to continue giving back and helping others working to improve their futures through education."
Kuehne earned a track scholarship in 1962 and completed a bachelor's degree at UNT in 1966.
"Ernie Kuehne has a passion for education and for UNT," UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson said in a press release. He will bring to our board a career of successful leadership in law and banking, and we look forward to working with him."
Willliams was named interim president of the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth in December after the regents voted to terminate Dr. Scott Ransom from the post on Dec. 21.
The board of begents oversees the administration of the UNT System. Regents to Texas public university systems are named by the Texas governor. For example, the governor also names regents to the University of Texas System Board of Regents and the A&M University Board of Regents.