Finance Senior Asit Shah Appointed as Student Regent for UH System
A student from the University of Houston’s C. T. Bauer College of Business has been selected to serve as student regent for the UH System Board of Regents.
Junior Asit Shah was appointed to this role by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. He will serve a one-year term that expires in May 2015.
Shah’s responsibilities include bringing attention to the needs of students and the expanded offerings of UH System campuses.
“The University of Houston System is growing and continuously meeting new benchmarks,” Shah said. “My primary focus will be to continue supporting the growth of the four institutions and to support initiatives that strengthen student success.”
Shah, a finance and supply chain management major, plans to build on his leadership skills by learning from the regents and gaining insight on UH System at a macro-level, he said.
The position provides Shah an opportunity to put his experience from Bauer to work in real-world problem solving.
“Barely a week ago, I attended the Regents meeting. If I hadn’t taken Financial Accounting this fall with Professor Cathy Weber, it would have been very challenging to comprehend the financial decisions being made,” he said. “I am certain that the business courses I take in future semesters will contribute to my role as a Regent.”
Other Bauer courses such as Introduction to Energy and Sustainability and Case Studies in Energy and Sustainability, have also proved valuable, Shah said.
“In Case Studies in Energy and Sustainability, I was able to research ways to create a stronger energy and sustainability education,” Shah said. “After researching 83 nationwide programs and bridging their practices to UH’s program, I realized that creating new programs and degrees is a complex and very time sensitive process,” he said. “This process has offered me critical background information that will help me ask the right questions at board meetings.”
Shah is continuing his UH family tradition. His grandfather attended UH. His mother also is a Bauer alumna. His professional mentor Swapna Patel (BBA ’96) also graduated from the Bauer College of Business. Next fall, his sister will join him at the university.
“More than anything, I am excited to serve UH System students in this capacity. My grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from India back in the 1970s to pursue graduate studies in Civil Engineering at UH. Now, I am here. This opportunity is a way for me to give back to the UH System and to help create a bright future for generations to come,” Shah said.
By Ann Lynd