Johanna Pantig, a fourth-year pharmacy student at WSU Health Sciences in Spokane, has been named Washington State University Student Regent for the 2019-20 academic year.

At age 26, Pantig’s resume is already filled with leadership positions, honors, and volunteer experiences.

She served as president and vice president of the Associated Students of WSU Health Sciences and chair of the WSU Student Government Council. She received the Chancellor’s Excellence Award last spring, and the student of the year award for third-year students in the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She’s a math-club tutor at Sheridan Elementary School in Spokane, and a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House.

“My interest in leadership started at my WSU sorority in Pullman,” said Pantig, who received her Bachelor of Science in biology in 2016. “I wanted to find a way to give back to the university in my final year here.”

Pantig’s appointment by Gov. Jay Inslee marks the second year in a row the student regent has come from the WSU campus in Spokane. Student regents serve one-year terms on the 10-member Board of Regents, which supervises and regulates the WSU system. Student regents have the same voting rights and responsibilities as the other members of the board, though they don’t participate in matters relating to faculty hiring, discipline or tenure.

“I’ve enjoyed working with Johanna over the past two years and look forward to seeing how her leadership as a regent benefits WSU,” said WSU Health Sciences Spokane Vice President for Health Sciences and Chancellor, Daryll DeWald. “Her familiarity with health sciences and the unique needs of students is critical as we strive to be a university preeminent in research and discovery, teaching and engagement.”

Pantig said she’ll use her position to advocate for all WSU students, including those attending online through the Global Campus.

“I want to make sure every student, no matter what campus they’re from, has the opportunity to share what’s going on at their campus or be able to voice their concerns,” she said.

Technology will make it possible for her to work with administrators and student leaders in Vancouver, Everett, Pullman, Spokane and the Tri-Cities during her busy fourth-year clinical rotations in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Post-graduation, she hopes to enter a residency program but she’s still deciding whether her long-term interest is in administration or in direct patient care.

“After being vice president and then president of the Associated Students of WSU Health Sciences, I found that I like the behind-the-scenes administrative work and getting to do more long-term problem-solving,” she said. “But I’ve also learned that I really love talking to patients, getting to know them and building those close relationships.”

She credits her WSU experiences for giving her the opportunities to make such a choice.

“You can get an education at any college,” she said, “but it’s the experiences and connections WSU has to offer. Once a Coug, always a Coug.”

Media contact:

  • Desiree Jacobsen, Office of the President, 509-335-6662, desiree@wsu.edu