Governor appoints Black Hills graduate as WWU student trustee

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Carly Roberts, 22, of Tumwater, as the student trustee for Western Washington University in Bellingham. It’s a one-year term.

“I’m just really excited,” Roberts said in a phone interview with The Olympian. “I love Western, I love this community and I love having the opportunity to continue serving the community this way.”

Roberts is a 2010 graduate of Black Hills High School in Tumwater. She’s a senior who is studying political science and economics with a minor in ancient Greek language.

In her new voluntary role, Roberts will be part of Western’s eight-member Board of Trustees, which governs the university and meets every other month.

“In between, there will be opportunities for advocating for Western, and talking with legislators,” she said. “...I’m really thankful for the community I came from. I think having the opportunity to attend the schools I attended really set me up for success.”

During the 2013-14 school year, Roberts served as president of Western’s Associated Students, the school’s student government body.

The university’s president Bruce Shepard described her as “an exceptionally talented leader.”

“We welcome her to the board and are very pleased that we will have the opportunity for her insights as our new student trustee,” he said.