PULLMAN, Wash. — Gov. Gary Locke has appointed Washington State University senior Jason O. Johnson as the student member of the WSU Board of Regents. He attended his first meeting today at WSU Vancouver.

Johnson, of Port Townsend, is a senior majoring in elementary education. Johnson is the fifth WSU student regent, succeeding Darren Eastman of Renton.

Through various memberships and positions, Johnson has worked to better WSU and the Pullman community. Johnson serves as the director of Internal Affairs for the Associated Students of Washington State University (ASWSU). In this position, he creates and maintains the ASWSU internship program and serves on the Up All Night program’s Board of Directors.

He also works with the city of Pullman and others to provide safe and quality housing on College Hill in Pullman. Johnson also belongs to the Presidential Committee for Safety and Health.

He is also a member and past chair of the Student Publications Board of Directors and the Wilson Compton Union Board of Directors.

Johnson is excited to join the 10-member board responsible for WSU’s overall governance. He said he hopes to help the members focus on the university’s strategic plan. “This is a great time for WSU,” Johnson said, “and this is a great opportunity to help make a lot of important changes.

Johnson also hopes to continue to implement programs, like Up All Night, that will strengthen the student life at WSU.

This summer Johnson will be fishing for salmon in Alaska. He begins student teaching this fall. He plans on teaching in the fourth or fifth grade in a local school.

His parents are Joey and Jonna Johnson of Port Townsend.