Gov. Rick Perry appointed John Steen Jr. to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Friday. Steen’s term will start next week and he will serve until Aug., 2019.

The Higher Education Coordinating Board works with the Legislature and higher education leaders to increase college graduation rates and to keep college affordable. The board meets in Austin four times a year. 

Steen announced last month that he would step down from his post as Secretary of State after serving one year in that position. He said he planned to return to his private law practice in San Antonio. He is being replaced by Houston attorney Nandita Berry.