Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine appointed a new student member to the Ohio University Board of Trustees on Thursday. 

According to a university news release, Sarah Ladipo, a sophomore studying philosophy, was appointed for a two-year term. Her term will begin on May 14. 

“We believe that Sarah will help to ensure that students’ perspectives and needs are part of the equation when decisions are made for our institution,” Board of Trustees Chair Janelle Coleman said in the release. “We look forward to collaborating with her as she begins this new role, which is of great value to the Board.”

Ladipo is a Cutler Scholar, and she recently received the Student Achievement Award for the Philosophy Department. Ladipo is a vice commissioner on Student Senate, a Diversity Leadership Ambassador and a Presidential Leadership Society Member. 

In the past, Ladipo has worked on Capitol Hill as an intern in Sen. Rob Portman’s office. This summer, she will be working a research apprenticeship at Harvard University with Myrna Perez Sheldon, an assistant professor and director of the Cutler Scholar Program. 

“I think the pandemic and being away for a year has definitely brought up problems (for many people),” Ladipo said in the release. “I want to be intentional with doing diligent work in trying to know what messages I can pass on and be that bridge from the students to the Board of Trustees.”