Texas Governor Rick Perry has appointed a new student regent for the Texas Tech University System.

Coby Ray will serve as the Texas Tech student regent for the 2014-15 school year.

Ray, a dual degree student in the joint MD/MBA program between Texas Tech and the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, will be the ninth student regent for the Tech system. His one-year term begins on June 1st.

“Coby has been a proven leader during his time at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center,” said Tech Chancellor Kent Hance. “He previously earned his master’s degree from the Rawls College of Business, and I know he will do an outstanding job representing the students from each of our component institutions.”

Ray, a Plano native, received his bachelor’s degree in sports management from the University of North Texas in 2008 and an MBA from Texas Tech in 2013. He is currently studying to become a pediatric neurosurgeon as a fourth-year medical student.

“It is a huge honor to have been appointed student regent,” said Ray. “I am excited to work alongside the Board of Regents and look forward to serving as an advocate for my fellow students throughout the Texas Tech University System.

Ray replaces Joshua Heimbecker of Angelo State, who was appointed in 2013.