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Friday, December 1, 2023


Law student chosen as ninth student regent



From the halls of Cy-Fair High School to the relics in Suzhou, China, there isn’t much that Benjamin P. Wells hasn’t accomplished.

In June, Wells, a third-year law student, became the student representative on the Board of Regents when he was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as UH’s ninth student regent, replacing Gage A. Raba, whose one-year term ended.

The position of student regent, created in 2007, has all the responsibilities and powers of a normal regent with the exception of voting and being counted for quorum.

Originally from Houston, Wells attended Southern Methodist University, where he served as a student senator and was awarded the Richter International Fellowship to conduct research in Suzhou, China.

After Wells graduated with honors with a degree in anthropology, he worked in Austin and Houston focusing on public policy issues regarding healthcare, education, technology and business.

“As a native Houstonian, I’ve seen the growth of both UH and the system universities,” Wells said. “It’s amazing to see this Tier One research powerhouse and the other system campuses that serve the diverse communities of Houston.”

Wells competes on the UH Law Center Moot Court team, is a member of the Intellectual Property Student Organization and the Student Bar Association and serves as the online editor for the Houston Journal of International Law.

Additionally, he has served as a law clerk for the Texas Attorney General’s Antitrust Section and as a judicial intern for Justice Eva Guzman of the Supreme Court of Texas.

“Houston has been called the ‘city of the future,’ and I think that the system institutions are the ‘universities of the future,” Wells said. “I am truly honored to be here and look forward to representing all of the University of Houston system students.”

Wells is expecting to graduate with a doctorate in jurisprudence in May.

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