Meijer named UT System student regent

By Erin Prather Stafford


Karim Meijer, a fourth-year medical student from Katy, has been appointed to a one-year term as student regent on the UT System Board of Regents by Gov. Rick Perry. Mr. Meijer will represent 195,000 students from nine academic and six health science centers and institutions.

Karim Meijer

The native Texan holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, where he minored in Spanish and played football for the Longhorns.

“After spending more than eight enjoyable years in the
UT System, I welcome the opportunity to give back for the many blessings I received as a student athlete at UT Austin and as a medical student here at UT Southwestern,” Mr. Meijer said. “My goal is to ensure that current and future UT students will continue to receive the best education and experience possible.”

He plans to travel to every campus within the UT System during September to better understand the challenges each community faces.

Mr. Meijer realized his passion for medicine during college while receiving care for a football injury and is pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery, with a focus on sports medicine. He is vice president of the Class of 2010, director of the health care finance elective student group and president of the orthopaedic surgery interest group. Mr. Meijer also volunteers with United to Serve, a community health fair run by UT Southwestern students, faculty and staff.

James R. Huffines, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, said in a written statement: “His academic background and leadership abilities will serve him well in this important role, and I am confident students across the system will benefit from his service on the board.  He has proven himself in the classroom, on the playing field, as a student leader — and will do so again one day as a doctor. The board looks forward to serving with him as we continue to advance excellence at our 15 institutions.”