Gov. Greg Abbott appoints WTAMU's student body president to Texas Juvenile Justice Advisory Board

Chandler Huddleston
By Rana McDonald

Chandler Huddleston has a pretty full plate as West Texas A&M University’s student body president and as a member of The Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Student Advisory Council, but his plate just got a bit fuller.

On Aug. 30, Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Huddleston to the Texas Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, where he will serve for a term that will expire at the pleasure of the governor.

“I’m excited and grateful for the position,” Huddleston said. “It will be a whole new way to serve and help the state of Texas.”

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board is one of several advisory committees that works with the governor’s Criminal Justice Division. The advisory board meets throughout the year on matters of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention.

Huddleston landed a spot on the board after making contacts in the governor’s office when applying for a position on The Texas A&M University System Board of Student Regents last fall. The contacts encouraged him to apply for the governor’s advisory board position.

“Our West Texas A&M family is proud of Chandler on his latest accomplishment,” Dr. Walter Wendler, University president, said. “He is a proven leader and has served the University and its students well as a two-term student body president. He is energetic and dedicated to service, and I know he will do well in this advisory board position.”

Huddleston, a senior economics and finance major from Rolla, Kan., is in his second term as WTAMU’s student body president.

In addition to being a member of The Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Student Advisory Council, Huddleston also is active in SAGE and serves as a campus tour guide and peer leader. He also volunteers for Special Olympics and the High Plains Children’s Home.

Huddleston is a candidate for December graduation and will stay at WTAMU to work on his master’s in economics and finance.

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