PULLMAN -- Lindsey Schaffer, a Richland native, is the newest member of the Washington State University Board of Regents.
Her appointment was finalized at the end of June by Gov. Jay Inslee and runs through June 30.
"I'm just thrilled to be able to work with a board full of accomplished and experienced people," Schaffer told the Herald.
In May, she finished a yearlong term as student body president at WSU Spokane and turned around and applied for the opening as student regent.
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"What I enjoyed most about serving as president was having an excuse to talk to people about what they're excited about," she said. "The opportunity to talk to students and advocate for those students was something I really enjoyed. The position of student regent is just a natural progression of those responsibilities."
Schaffer succeeds Raphael Pruneda as student regent. WSU President Elson S. Floyd praised both student leaders in a press release, saying "the tradition of excellence in student representation on the Board of Regents continues."
Schaffer's goal as a student regent is "to bring a varied and multi-faceted perspective to the board," she said.
Her role will be to act as an ambassador between the student body as a whole -- at all the WSU campuses -- and the board. She will present students' opinions on issues to the board and, in return, explain the opinions, viewpoints and decisions of the regents to the student body, she said.
"The gist of it is I'll be acting as a go-between. And yes, I have a vote at the board meetings," she said.
"I have experienced WSU on almost every level there is -- undergraduate, grad student on the Pullman campus, and grad student on the Spokane campus -- and I have listened to all different kinds of students. At the end of the year, if I've represented all of those different opinions well, I will consider my time on the board a success," she said.
Schaffer, a 2007 graduate of Liberty Christian School in Richland, is working toward a degree in basic medical sciences and Spanish in WSU's Honor College while working on a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the WSU College of Pharmacy in Spokane. She will graduate in May 2014.
Her career goal is to be an oncology pharmacist and work with cancer patients. After graduation she plans to use her experience as student regent to help health care in Washington continue to grow and expand by staying involved with higher education, she said.
Her mother and stepfather are Jana and Tim Phillip of Benton City and her father and stepmother are Brad and Mary Schaffer of Pasco. Her grandparents are Bob and Joyce Rust of West Richland.
-- Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; firstname.lastname@example.org