Friday, April 3, 2009

UAF Student Named to University Board of Regents

"Governor Palin appointed Ashton Compton to the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

The 11-member Board of Regents governs the statewide University of Alaska system; formulates university policy, and appoints the University’s president. By law, one member is a full-time student of the University, appointed by the governor from a slate of candidates selected by student election at each of the university’s campuses. Student regents serve a two-year term, compared to the eight-year term of other regents.

Compton, of Fairbanks, is a junior political science major at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). She has worked as a program assistant for UAF Student Organizations since 2008. Compton has also worked as a page and assistant sergeant-at-arms for the Alaska State Legislature from 2005-07.

Compton is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Two Rivers and North Star Grange organizations. She is co-founder and president of the Red Cross Club of UAF, and performs volunteer service with the Fairbanks Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and the Alternative Spring Break and Youth Service Opportunity programs. She was born in Fairbanks, and attended schools in Alaska and Idaho. Her appointment represents the first time the Board of Regents has included a student from the UAF campus since 2002.

“It is a pleasure to appoint to the Board of Regents an outstanding young woman who was not only born in Fairbanks, but who has returned home to pursue her education at the leading campus of the University of Alaska system,” said Governor Palin. “Ashton Compton’s dedication to service is manifested by her involvement in university organizations, her service in the state Legislature, and her volunteer work in her home town. I have every confidence she will represent her campus and community well as a University regent.”"


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