The Shawnee State University Board of Trustees has appointed a new student trustee to serve two fiscal years on the board of trustees. Hannah Ratliff, a native of Kitts Hill, Ohio, was nominated by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s office in July 2022 and will be officially inducted early this fall. A second-year student pursuing a degree in political science, she hopes to have the opportunity to learn and discover more about her university while working with the other members of the board of trustees.
“Shawnee State has been a big part of my life for many years, and I thought being a student administrator would allow me to work toward a positive future for the university I love the most,” she said. . “I also thought this position would allow me to learn more about how Shawnee works and how the council can work together to meet its needs. The Board of Directors is a great source of growth in our Shawnee community. »
Two SSU students serve as student administrators on the board at a time. In their roles, they regularly attend board meetings while participating in committee duties and assisting board members in formulating policy for the university. Students initially apply for the position through the office of the president, who then recommends its top candidates to the office of the Ohio Governor’s Board and Commissions. The final decision is made by the governor’s office.
“It’s always been my dream to reach a leadership position where I can make sure my voice and the voice of others are heard,” Ratliff said.
Outside of the classroom, Ratliff is a member of the SSU Political Science Club as well as the university’s Model Arab League, participating in the Ohio Regional Valley Model Arab League last year. She first found her way to SSU as a member of the Upward Bound Math & Science program in high school which provided her with the skills and experiences needed to succeed in college.
“The UBMS program speaks volumes about the inclusion and personalized attention students receive here,” she said. “It’s ultimately what made me want to continue my studies here.”
In her new position, Ratliff looks forward to helping the board learn and understand decisions from a student’s perspective. Being able to represent the student body at SSU is something she is grateful to have the opportunity to do.
“I hope to provide helpful information to the board from a current student’s perspective, while serving as an advocate for my SSU peers,” she says. “I have high hopes for Shawnee’s future and look forward to my tenure as a student administrator.”
To learn more about the Shawnee State University Board of Trustees, visit www.shawnee.edu/bot.