Reanne Chilton was confirmed by the state Senate yesterday morning on a 49-0 vote as student Regent at Washington State University, with several legislators lauding her confirmation in floor speeches.
Senator Sam Hunt (D-Olympia) called Chilton a “true cougar.” Chilton is a fifth-year student at WSU in clinical psychology, currently working towards her Ph.D. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at WSU. Hunt noted her extensive experience before heartily commending her for confirmation. Senator Perry Dozier (R-Waitsburg) also conveyed his support for Chilton’s confirmation – culminating his remarks with an enthused “Go Cougs.”
In addition to her academic pursuits, Chilton has previously represented her Coug peers as the president of the WSU Graduate and Professional Student Association. She was nominated by Governor Inslee to fill the student regent position. During Chilton’s Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 13th, Chilton provided a moving testimony on her experience as a first-generation student and shared her family caregiving experience while attending graduate school.
As student regent, Chilton represents all WSU students providing a valuable student perspective on the university’s Board of Regents.
You can view the floor action from Regent Chilton’s Senate confirmation below: