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 Capital, Finance and Resources Committee, and the Academic Affairs and Educational Attainment 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. He is a member of the Research and Health Sciences Committee, and the Audit Committee. 

Dave was born to two immigrant parents in Chandler, Ariz., and attended Horizon Honors High School in Phoenix. He began his time at Arizona State University at the age of 14, studying Alzheimer’s disease in the Biodesign Institute. After coauthoring two publications and presenting his research at several conferences as a high school student, he was named to Arizona’s 18 under 18 and awarded the Flinn Scholarship to continue his education at ASU. There, he studies Neuroscience and Innovation in Society, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in three years and completing his master’s degree during his fourth year at ASU.

Dave has worked in ASU’s Luminosity Lab — a student-driven, interdisciplinary research and development lab — for the past three years, leading nine projects, producing two patents and authoring two pre-print scientific articles. At ASU, he has worked with several corporate and government partners across Arizona, including Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Luke Air Force Base.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was one of four student leads of a university-wide COVID-19 PPE Response Network initiative, crowdsourcing 3D-printers across the Valley to create and supply over 14,000 units of PPE to Arizona medical clinics in need. Additionally, in just three months, he led the design, development and scientific validation of two patent-pending sterilization systems for N95 respirators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, he led ASU’s Luminosity Lab team to win the XPRIZE $1M Next-Gen Mask Challenge, an international innovation competition with over 900 teams competing across more than 50 countries. He serves a two-year term as student regent.