PULLMAN, Wash. — Gov. Gary Locke has appointed Washington State University senior Angela S. Cox as the student member of the WSU Board of Regents.

Cox, a 2000 graduate of Robert Service High School in Anchorage, Alaska, is a WSU senior double-majoring in advertising and English.

Through various memberships and positions, Cox has already been at work to better WSU and its student community. She serves as an awareness intern for the Associated Students of WSU, the public relations officer for the Black Women’s Caucus, is a residential education adviser, an African American student mentor and is involved in community service activities.

Cox plans to concentrate her efforts on building relationships and diversity and focusing on the budget. “It’s important to remember that this position is not about what it can do for me, but what I can do for the students,” she said. “I want to be able to be proactive with student issues, not arriving on the scene when something happens. I want to already be there with a plan to resolve any issue.”

Increased student awareness is also a hot topic with the new student regent, who hopes to build relationships with leaders across campus. “When you have a whole bunch of people who are very passionate about an array of different things, you can become unbeatable,” she said.

Besides attending classes, Cox spent the summer as an editorial assistant for the Western Journal of Black Studies, a leading interdisciplinary journal that publishes scholarly articles that focus primarily on the experience of African Americans in the United States. She also did research for the McNair program, which prepares low-income, first generation college students and students from underrepresented groups in higher education for doctoral study.

She is a member of a variety of honors organizations, including the President’s Honor Roll and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and is a McNair Scholar.

Cox is the daughter of Elizabeth Patkotak of Barrow, Alaska, and Robert Cox of Anchorage, Alaska.