UW News

May 31, 2016

Gov. Inslee appoints UW undergrad Austin Wright-Pettibone as new student regent

UW News

Gov. Jay Inslee named Austin Wright-Pettibone as the next student member of the University of Washington Board of Regents for the 2016-17 school year.

New student regent Austin-Wright-Pettibone

Austin Wright-PettiboneUniversity of Washington

Wright-Pettibone, a Kirkland native, is an undergraduate studying chemical engineering and becomes the first undergraduate since 2008 to be selected as the UW’s student regent. He graduated from Inglemoor High School in 2012. In 2015, through his role as director of ASUW’s office of government relations, he lobbied state lawmakers in Olympia to lower Washington’s four-year college tuition.

“Austin has consistently demonstrated his dedication to UW students and the greater community,” Inslee said. “As a chemical engineering student, he understands the importance of STEM education at our universities. Austin’s experience as a student policy advocate in Olympia has provided him with firsthand knowledge of the important issues facing our state’s higher education system. He will provide a unique and influential voice to the University of Washington Board of Regents, and I look forward to working with him.”

He is currently the vice chair of the Provost Advisory Committee for Students for the 2015-16 school year and was the university affairs director for the the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) in 2013-14. Wright-Pettibone also served as an intern at The White House, assisting in online engagement and outreach for President Obama’s second inaugural address and the 2013 State of the Union address.

He was recently named one of the inaugural Husky 100, an award that recognizes UW undergraduate and graduate students for their leadership, excellence and desire to make the most of their time at the UW.

His one-year appointment to the Board of Regents is effective July 1.