Student Regents

Selection of the Student Regent

  • The Student Regent is chosen through a rigorous process that begins with candidates applying to the Board of Associated Students of Arizona.
  • The student Board forwards three final candidates to the local student government on campus where the nominees are confirmed and forwarded to the Governor's office.
  • The Governor conducts interviews and nominates one student for the position.
  • The Governor's nominee must be confirmed by the Arizona Senate.


  • A student was first added to the Board in a non-voting position in 1978.
  • The Student Regent was granted voting privileges during the 1989-90 term.
  • A statute passed by the 44th Legislature (2000) added a second, non-voting student member to the Arizona Board of Regents.
  • Student Regents are now appointed for two years; the first year is served as a non-voting member and the second year as the voting Student Regent.

Anthony Rusk

Business Phone: 602-229-2540

Student Regent Anthony Rusk was appointed to the Arizona Board of Regents by Gov. Doug Ducey and began his term July 1, 2019. Regent Rusk is the voting student regent on the board and serves as assistant treasurer. He is a member of the Audit Committee, Capital, Finance and Resources Committee, Academic Affairs and Educational Attainment Committee, and Research and Health Sciences Committee. Regent Rusk is a junior Flinn Scholar at the University of Arizona who is earning a dual degree in neuroscience and cognitive science and philosophy, politics, economics and law – referred to as PPEL. He is also pursuing a minor in biochemistry.

Regent Rusk’s experience includes serving as policy director and Freshmen Class Council president for the Associated Students of the University of Arizona. As policy director, he worked on projects involving general education reform, Title IX awareness and civic engagement. While serving as assistant district governor for Interact, a club that connects students to service opportunities in their community, he created a statewide food drive. He has served on the UA Faculty Senate and University Wide General Education Committee as well as the faculty governance Committee of 11 at the university.

Nikhil Dave

Business Phone: 602-229-2540

Student Regent Nikhil Dave was appointed to the Arizona Board of Regents by Gov. Doug Ducey on July 17, 2020. Regent Dave is currently an undergraduate student at Arizona State University who is earning a double major in neuroscience and innovation in society.

Regent Dave is a Flinn Scholar and has worked as a student researcher for ASU’s Biodesign Institute. He has contributed to scholarly papers on Alzheimer’s disease research and is student lead for ASU’s Luminosity Lab. He also serves as editor and director of science policy for “Hybris: The Technology, Society and Law Review” at ASU. Regent Dave’s first year on the board will be served as a non-voting member.