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Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry visits campus

Texas Secretary of State Nandita BerryLamar University students and faculty welcomed Texas Secretary of State, Nandita Berry, Friday, August 29, during her visit to campus as the chief elections officer in Texas.  Berry met with faculty member Sara Gubala, a political science instructor, to discuss the practices Lamar has instituted to educate students about the voter registration and election process and encourage students to exercise their right to vote.

“I’m so impressed with everything Lamar University is doing to make the students aware of how important it is to vote,” Berry said.  “I would only add that students can also go to VoteTexas.gov for more information about voting.”

Nandita Berry with LU international studentsSecretary Berry is the first Indian-American to hold the office. A graduate of Mt. Carmel College in Bangalore, India, Berry subsequently received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston. She earned a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.  While on campus, Berry was met by a delegation of Lamar international students from India.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry appointed Berry as the 109th Texas Secretary of State effective Jan. 7, 2014. In her official capacity, Berry serves as the state's chief elections officer, the governor's liaison on border and Mexican affairs, and Texas' chief protocol officer for state and international matters. The Secretary of State's Office also serves as the formal repository for official and business records, publishes government rules and regulations, keeps the state seal and attests to the governor's signature on official documents.