HOUSTON -

A University of Houston graduate will become Texas' next secretary of state.

Governor Rick Perry has appointed Nandita Berry to that position effective January 7, 2014.

She will be the first Indian-American to fill the post.

Berry will serve 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.

Berry is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Houston Bar Association.

She is also a past member of the University of Houston Board of Regents and past board member of the Houston Zoo Inc.